PM to call for snap poll today

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has received consent from the Yang diPertuan Agong to dissolve parliament and call for fresh elections, a source close to the prime minister said on Feb 13.

Separately, an aide to the premier said Abdullah would hold a news conference later at 12.30 pm, though he declined to give further details.

A senior editor at television station TV3 said the channel was on standby to air an important announcement from the premier.

The source said the Election Commission would decide on the poll date in the coming days, but it was likely to be held within the first 10 days of March.

Elections are not due until May 16, 2009, but analysts say they expect Abdullah to call for polls before the trade-dependent economy begins to slow and inflation picks up steam.

A March election would also cut out de-facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is barred from standing for public office until April because of his past criminal conviction, though Abdullah denies this is an influence on poll timing.

“The PM actually wanted to dissolve parliament next week - but the Agong is leaving overseas this evening for a private holiday, so last night he (the prime minister) changed his mind,” the source said.

“He went to see the Agong at 9am today, and the king gave his consent for the dissolution.” - Reuters … 0-6e272daa

The Parliament has dissolved and it’s time for election! :?

yes. the parliament is dissolved… :!:

Malaysian PM dissolves parliament
Malaysian PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has dissolved parliament more than a year before its term was due to end.

He gave no reason, but analysts say he is looking for a fresh mandate before Malaysia’s economy slows.

The country’s election commission is expected to meet soon to set the election date.

An election next month would also rule out opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim, who is barred from standing for office until April because of a conviction. … 242179.stm

this is a good test and chance for the electorates and other political parties who incessantly oppose the UMNO administration to show that here it comes the most awaited time to change the current ruling party. They have to hope that people are really buying their ideas for change, all else merely engaging in rhetorics. :lol: :lol: :lol:

good day miricom