Zahid cements grip on Umno as loyalists sweep party polls

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KUALA LUMPUR - Results for Umno internal polls on Sunday saw president Zahid Hamidi cementing his grip on the party, with loyalists having swept most of the top posts, including two out of three vice-president posts, supreme council seats and the party’s wings.

Pahang Chief Minister Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Higher Education Minister Khaled Nordin, and former second finance minister Johari Ghani have officially won the three Umno vice-president’s posts, Umno election committee chairman Shahrir Samad told a news conference.

Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy, who obtained the highest number of votes at 124, and Datuk Seri Khaled, who came in second with 114 votes, are seen as aligned to Zahid.

Datuk Seri Johari garnered 107 votes.

The Umno polls are closely watched as the party is a member of Malaysia’s ruling coalition and any sign of instability could affect the administration of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. Zahid, who is close to Datuk Seri Anwar, is the country’s Deputy Prime Minister.

Zahid and his deputy president Mohamad Hasan had retained their seats after the party earlier blocked contests for the top two positions.

The main contest was for the three vice-president posts in an eight-way fight.

There were also contests for the 25 seats on the supreme council, Umno’s top decision-making body.

Leadership contests were also held in 187 of the 191 Umno divisions nati...

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