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Umno Names Ismail Sabri As GE15 PM Candidate

Umno Names Ismail Sabri As GE15 PM Candidate

The party’s Supreme Council unanimously agreed upon naming Ismail as the prime minister candidate in the next general election.

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Umno is set to propose its vice-president and incumbent premier Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the party’s prime minister candidate in the coming 15th General Election.

According to the party’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, the decision was made unanimously by Umno Supreme Council in a closed-door meeting yesterday which was chaired by party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Umno supreme council has unanimously suggested that Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will be the prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming general election (GE15),” Ahmad said in a statement.

The decision to retain Ismail was well-received by top Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders.

Umno veep Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said that the decision proved that the party was moving as a team on key issues.

He also added that the party was grateful to president Zahid and deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan for giving endorsements and bringing the matter to the Supreme Council for unanimous support.

“The Supreme Council by consensus and a unanimous vote agreed to support the statement that Ismail Sabri becomes the prime minister (if BN wins the GE).

“This proves to the Malaysian community that Umno is in a team, and the main thing for all individuals in Umno is to look at the party’s priorities,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

Meanwhile, MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said that the party is fully behind Umno and supported the decision to retain Ismail as the prime minister.

“Looking at Ismail Sabri’s leadership, it is a standout one, and that was the basis for the decision. I definitely support it because we can strengthen politics and the government.

“I am confident that what is more important is to restore the glory of Barisan Nasional (BN). So I think this is a well-received decision and will give a clear direction and show the determination of Umno and BN to recapture (the government) in the next general election,” he said.

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