Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Umno meeting, Anwar press conference (on-going updates)

Thursday September 18, 2008 MYT 4:00:20 PM

Umno meeting, Anwar press conference (on-going updates)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Umno supreme council meets at 3pm Thursday and the main topic is expected to be the transition of power.

Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has said he would hand over the presidency to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in June 2010 or “earlier if possible.”

Party elections are in December and divisions will nominate who they want as their leader between Oct 9 and Nov 9.

Another matter expected to be discussed by the supreme council is the use of the Internal Security Act against three people recently.

Besides the Umno supreme council meeting, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is scheduled to hold a press conference at 2pm Thursday on his next move to take over the government.

In the evening, Abdullah will host a buka puasa with the Umno supreme council members at PWTC while Anwar will be hosting a buka puasa at his house in Bukit Segambut.

Stay with The Star Online for the latest updates.

1pm: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi arrives at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur to chair Umno state liason committee meeting.

2.20pm: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrives at PKR headquarters for his press conference with party whip Azmin Ali and PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar.

2.25pm: Press conference begins. Anwar says he has sent a letter to the Prime Minister asking him to call an emergency Parliament session no later than Sept 23 to deliberate on a vote of no-confidence against Abdullah's leadership (see here).

2.45pm: Anwar's press conference ends.

4pm: Umno Supreme Council meeting gets underway to discuss the transition of power.

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