Monday, May 19, 2008

Malaysia's Mahathir quits ruling party

Malaysia's Mahathir quits ruling party

Agence France-Presse
First Posted 13:45:00 05/19/2008

KUALA LUMPUR -- Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad has quit the ruling party UMNO in protest over the leadership of his successor Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, his son said Monday.

"Mahathir has resigned from UMNO in protest over Pak Lah's continued leadership as both the prime minister and president of UMNO," Mokhzani Mahathir told Agence France-Presse, referring to Abdullah by his nickname.