Page last updated at 22:53 GMT, Sunday, 15 June 2008 23:53 UK

Malaysian PM plays down handover

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, file pic from April 2008
Mr Badawi plans to seek re-election as his party's leader in December

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has denied he has set a date to stand down from office.

He also announced he intends to seek re-election as leader of the governing party, the Umno, in December.

On Friday Mr Badawi said he had agreed on the framework to hand over to his deputy, Najib Razak, fuelling speculation he was about to quit.

The prime minister has been under intense pressure to resign amid public anger caused by high fuel prices.

His governing coalition is also fighting for survival after significant losses in March's general election.

The poor showing came amid rising racial tensions in multi-ethnic Malaysia and growing fears over inflation and crime.

Late last year a string of rare street protests in the capital exposed a growing unhappiness among some ethnic minorities, as opinion polls suggested Mr Badawi's personal popularity had tumbled by 30%.

Malaysian PM dissolves parliament
13 Feb 08 |  Asia-Pacific
New strain on Malaysia's ethnic ties
09 Jan 08 |  Asia-Pacific
Malaysia PM issues demo warning
27 Nov 07 |  Asia-Pacific
Asia's melting pot marks 50 years
30 Aug 07 |  Asia-Pacific
Ruling party wins Malaysia vote
28 Apr 07 |  Asia-Pacific
Timeline: Malaysia
05 Jun 07 |  Country profiles
Country profile: Malaysia
16 Jan 08 |  Country profiles

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific