2 Apr 2009

Malaysian prime minister resigns

11:08 pm on 2 April 2009

Malaysia's king has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, paving the way for his deputy Najib Razak to take over.

Mr Abdullah had been under pressure to resign since his Umno party suffered its worst ever poll results a year ago.

The party, in power since independence in 1957, faces internal divisions as well as a strong opposition challenge.

Mr Najib has already taken over as Umno leader, and is due to become prime minister on Friday.

Abdullah Badawi will be remembered for allowing more public freedom than his predecessor, Mahathir Mohamad, but was seen as failing to fulfil his promises to eradicate corruption, reform the judiciary and strengthen the police and civil service, the BBC reports.