|September 17, 2008 16:02 PM|
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 17 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today swapped the finance and defence portfolios between them.
With this, Abdullah now handles the Defence Ministry while Najib takes care of the Finance Ministry.
Both leaders also stay committed to the transfer of power in 2010 as planned, which means that Abdullah will defend his Umno president post and Najib, the deputy president post, in the December party elections.
Najib taking over the finance portfolio was part of the power transition process between the two leaders by giving him (Najib) more roles, said Abdullah at a news conference at his office here Wednesday, with Najib also present.
Abdullah said the finance portolio was important, taking into consideration the current economic situation in the country and uncertain world economic climate.
He believed that Najib would shoulder his responsibility in his new portfolio well, especially in ensuring that the economy remained strong to face the challenges.
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