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Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

(äb`do͞ollä ä`mäd bädä`wē), 1939–, Malaysian government official and politician. A graduate of the Univ. of Malaya (B.A. 1964) and the son of a prominent politician, he held a series of civil service posts, including deputy secretary general (1974–78) in the ministry of culture, youth, and sports, before entering politics. Abdullah was elected to parliament in 1978, and begin his rise in the government and United Malays National Organization (UMNO), serving as education (1984–86), defense (1986–87), and foreign minister (1991–99) and deputy prime minister (1999–2003). In 2003 he succeeded Mahathir bin MohamadMahathir bin Mohamad
, 1925–, Malaysian political leader. A doctor by training, he first entered parliament in 1964 and rose in the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), but lost his seat and was expelled from UMNO in 1969 after criticizing Prime Minister Tunku Abdul
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 as prime minister of Malaysia. Calling for modern and progressive Islamic rule as well as reform, he led the National Front coalition to a landslide victory in the 2004 parliamentary elecitons. In 2008, however, the coalition suffered significant losses, although it retained a majority of the seats. Unhappiness within UMNO with those losses eventually led Abdullah to step down as coalition leader in Mar., 2009, and as prime minister the following month. Najib RazakNajib Razak
or Najib Tun Razak
, 1958–, Malaysian politician. A Malay, he is a member of a prominent political family, the son of Malaysia's second prime minister, Abdul Razak, and the nephew of its third, Hussein Onn.
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 succeeded him in both positions.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (KUNA) -- Malaysia's former Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi on Tuesday called for adopting the Islamic waqf (religious endowment) concept to push ahead the wheel of development and guarantee basic rights of individuals in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries.
He remains an active political figure after his retirement, having become a critic of his handpicked successor, Abdullah Badawi, and actively supporting Abdullah's replacement by Najib Razak.
Others included Abdullah Badawi, who had just resigned as Malaysian prime minister.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has revealed plans for a $500 million private equity fund focused on global opportunities in the Halal industry.
But Susilo and his Malaysian counterpart, then PM Abdullah Badawi, intervened directly and agreed to work on resolving the dispute over oil-rich parts of the Sulawesi Sea by diplomatic means.
Such comments carry weight after Mahathir, who retired in 2003, helped dump his own chosen successor, Abdullah Badawi, with scathing criticism a year after the polls debacle.
The founding members are high-level former Asian and European policymakers, diplomats and prominent thinkers, including former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, and former East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta.
Awards were presented at the Oman Islamic Economic Forum bringing together leaders from around the globe, including keynote speaker Tun Abdullah Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Erdogan will separately receive the leader of Al-Iraqiya List Iyad Allawi, UNDP Director Helen Clark, Malaysia's fifth Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, and UN's seventh Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, President Benigno Aquino III's peace adviser, said the government was awaiting a response from Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi on the Philippine government's request.
From Abdullah Badawi, the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, to the Zone of Peace, Freedom, and Neutrality (ZOPFAN), a 1971 Malaysian initiative in the spirit of the Nonalignment Movement, this historical dictionary presents alphabetical, cross-referenced entries offering explanatory definitions of those persons, issues, events, and institutions that Weatherbee (emeritus, U.
However, Abdullah Badawi gave no date for his departure from office at an emergency meeting on Friday of his ruling party, the United Malay National Organisation (Umno).