WORD coming from the Putra World Trade Centre is that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will not seek re-election for his post as President of UMNO in the March party elections.
PWTC sources said he will also step down as PM and pass the baton to his deputy, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.
Abdullah conveyed the decision to his colleagues at the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council this evening. Earlier, Abdullah chaired his weekly Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya.
It is not immediately known if he had notified his Cabinet. He had earlier had an audience with His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong, a routine which preceded the weekly Cabinet meeting.