Wednesday, October 8, 2008


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Bernama) -- The contest for the top posts in UMNO in March is believed to be unavoidable with attention being focused on the tussle for the deputy presidency.

Besides Datuk Seri Mohamed Ali Rustam, who is a vice-president, others vying for the UMNO Number Two post are Supreme Council (MT) member Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Pulai UMNO division head Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who is also the youngest aspirant at the age of 42.

Three others who are said to be eyeing for the post are vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, UMNO information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib and MT member Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

Although many feel that every UMNO member has the right to contest, there are others who feel that the prospective candidates must evaluate their own capability because the UMNO deputy president, by convention, is also the Deputy Prime Minister.

The final decision, however, lies with the 191 UMNO divisions that will hold their delegates conference beginning Thursday, as the prospective candidates must secure nominations from at least 38 divisions, or 20 per cent of the total number of divisions, in order to be eligible to contest.


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