The Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's party has elected his former deputy, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, as his new president to lead his reform after six years following a shocking election loss in May.
Zahid won at least 78 votes in the first open competition for the presidency of the United Mala National Organization, Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor told reporters in Kuala Lumpur early Sunday. There are 34 divisions that are still counted by 190, and one has been disqualified due to too many discrepancies.
The vote began on Saturday morning to decide between five candidates, including former sports and youth minister Khairy Jamaluddin and ex-finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. A previous unofficial count showed Zahid by 93 votes
Zahid, 65, rose through the ranks in 201
On Friday, investigators said they had frozen bank accounts, including those from UMNO, misappropriated by funds from 1MDB. Zahid responded that he would try to prove that the party's money was not associated with any illegal fund activity, while Najib warned that political parties should not be prosecuted as part of the investigation
"The inappropriate action of freezing bank accounts disturb the activities of the parties and the reconstruction of the opposition party, "said Najib on Saturday in a Facebook post.
The newly installed Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is trying to get $ 4.5 billion that may have been lost by the state investment company whose full name is 1Malaysia Development Bhd. The police seized about 1.1 billion ringgit ($ 272 million) cash, handbags and jewelry in several raids at sites with Najib who consistently denied wrongdoing.
Zahid had previously said that he would out of responsibility take the top position. His campaign was designed to preserve UMNO's core values in defense of Malaysian rights by establishing the party among UMNO members through the formation of a Presidential Advisory Council, a Grassroots Disease Task Force, and a character building academy ] Updates with official census in the second paragraph and further details throughout )