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There is going to be a lot of internal bickering within UMNO and it does not appear something that Badawi can settle. He leadership is weak. For a start the formation of cabinet members is a test for him. Is he going to hold on to Rafidah and Nazri – people who created opportunities for the opposition to be voracious in their criticism. This week is critical for UMNO.

Pressuring PM To Step Down Most Inappropriate – Senate President

From Muin Abdul Majid
DAKAR, March 15 (Bernama) — Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh has described as “most inappropriate” attempts by certain quarters to pressure Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down following dissatisfaction over the outcome of last week’s general election.
“It’s most inappropriate as it compounds the problem, it pushes the nation more towards crisis. It would even make Umno weaker,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the 11th Organisation of the Islamic Conference Summit here where he represented Abdullah in handing over the chairmanship of the grouping to Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.
Dr Abdul Hamid dismissed arguments that all problems would be solved if Abdullah steps down.
“That’s wishful thinking,” he said, adding that he sympathised with the prime minister over the challenges that he had to tackle now.
In addition, he said, Abdullah had received the support from all senior party leaders to continue leading the country.
The BN lost its two-thirds majority in Parliament as well as four states to the opposition besides failing to wrest Kelantan from the grip of PAS in the March 8 polls.
On the controversy over the appointment of menteris besar of states like Perlis and Terengganu, Dr Abdul Hamid, who is also a former menteri besar of Perlis, said the person named by the party leader should be the one holding the post.

Pressuring PM To Step Down Most Inappropriate – Senate President :: Bernama.com

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