Najib steps down as Umno leader

Ousted Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak said on Saturday he has resigned as the president of the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) and chairman of the Barisan National coalition.

His resignation, expected, comes after calls from party members that he quit.

His barring from flying out of Malaysia could have precipitated his quitting as he is now no longer in control of events ahead of him.

“I have a moral responsibility to step down,” he said at the party’s Supreme Council meeting reported Channel News Asia.

¬†UMNO vice-president and former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will take over as acting president, while the party’s youth leader and former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein¬†will stand in as deputy president, Najib said.

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