Malaysia's main ruling party has begun its annual meeting. The five day congress of the United Malays National Organisation -- UMNO – will see a major government reshuffle and the election of a new leadership, including the party presidency.
Prime Minister from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will step down in coming days
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak will take over the post later this week, a move that will make him prime minister some days later.
At the start of the congress, Razak warned the party that it must undergo a radical overhaul to win back public confidence.
The UMNO, which has ruled the country for nearly five decades, suffered major losses in last year’s polls.