Sep 12, 2000, 12:01 AM
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Prime says begun, has leadership Malaysia's in Transition Mahathir Minister leadership Malaysia's in transition A -- IRNA 12, Sept Lumpur, Kuala .begun has that Monday late announced Mohamad Mahathir Dr Minister Prime the of more over taking be will Badawi, Ahmad Abdullah deputy, his .minister prime of responsibilities his to duties some over hand would he said 74, Mahathir, Dr .succession leadership the for prepare to deputy United ruling the) party the on more concentrate will I" :said He thus governments, the than matters (Organization National Malays .attend not will I that events government-related be may there to over take will (Badawi) minister prime deputy the Instead," "process, smoother a leadership country's the of transition the make four-hour a chairing after conference news a told minister prime the .here meeting council supreme UMNO said previously has 1981, since power held has who premier, The by held be must Elections .office in term last his be will this .2004 November general party's the during had, Mahathir Dr president UMNO The had he saying successor, his as Badawi endorsed May, in assembly .helm the over take to deputy his in confidence full process renewal the on discussions in-depth held members said He its and party the join to generation younger the enable to UMNO in .leadership and principles the explain to made be would efforts said He who generation younger the to struggle party's the of philosophies .interested were they if UMNO join could younger the to philosophy and principles UMNO's explain will We" .UMNO join can they interested, are they if and, generation join to difficult it find people younger sometimes that find We" .level branch at members being from blocked are they because UMNO will headquarters party's the blocked, been have who those For" .added he "applications, their process BER/LS/KS End