Malaysian prime minister to step down

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 28 (UPI) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he is planning to resign and hand over power to the country's deputy prime minister.

Malaysia leader attacks extremism

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 24 (UPI) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Thursday decried violence and terrorism in the name of religion.

Malaysian taxi drivers seek govt. subsidy

PENANG, Malaysia, June 7 (UPI) -- Fuel prices have gotten so high that some Malaysian taxi drivers say they need a government subsidy to keep from raising fares.

Malaysian poll system defended

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 5 (UPI) -- Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak defended his government's record in multiracial Malaysia and rejected criticisms about the country's election system.

Malaysian election set for March 8

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Malaysia's Election Commission Thursday set March 8 for a general election to decide 222 parliamentary seats, as well as hundreds of state races.

Malaysia prepares snap poll

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Malaysia moved a step closer Wednesday to holding snap polls with the dissolution of parliament, whose term would have expired in May 2009.

Malaysian Parliament dissolved

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Malaysians will be facing elections after the southeast Asian nation's prime minister dissolved Parliament Wednesday.

Badawi calls for greater police presence

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is calling for a greater police presence in urban areas.

Protestors throng Malaysian capital

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of protesters rocked Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, demanding electoral reform amid claims of fraudulent activity.

Badawi, Putin support Iran's atomic rights

MOSCOW, June 20 (UPI) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are supporting Iran's right to develop a nuclear energy system.

Putin, Badawi want Iraqi unity preserved

MOSCOW, June 20 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi say maintaining Iraqi unity is vital to the nation's future.

Malaysia's new king installed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 26 (UPI) -- Mizan Zainal Abidin, sultan of Terengganu, Thursday became Malaysia's 13th king under a five-year rotation of the title among the country's nine sultans.

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir in hospital

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 81, was admitted to a hospital Thursday in Kuala Lumpur after reportedly suffering a mild heart attack.

Bush courts small countries at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- On the eve of his address at the United Nations, U.S. President George Bush warmed up with one-on-one meetings with the leaders of four small countries.

Ahmadinejad urges isolation of Israel

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to isolate Israel.
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Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (2nd-R) attend an official departure ceremony for Badawi in Tehran, Iran on December 23, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi (born 26 November 1939) is a Malaysian politician who served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2009. He was also the President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the largest political party in Malaysia, and led the governing Barisan Nasional parliamentary coalition. He is informally known as Pak Lah, 'Pak' meaning 'Uncle' while 'Lah' is taken from his name 'Abdullah'.

After Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad sacked Anwar Ibrahim, he appointed Abdullah as Deputy Prime Minister. Abdullah went on to succeed Mahathir as Prime Minister in 2003.

In the 2004 general election, Abdullah scored a significant victory. In the 2008 general election, the Barisan Nasional won a slim majority of seats, thus enabling Abdullah to remain in office as Prime Minister. He stepped down in favor of his successor, Najib Tun Razak, during the UMNO General Assembly held on 1 April 2009. On 3 April 2009, he was succeeded by Najib Tun Razak as Prime Minister. Abdullah was then conferred the title Tun by King Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin for his service to the nation.

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