Najib Tun Razak
Dato' Sri
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 Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak (born 23 July 1953) is the sixth, and since 2009, Prime Minister of Malaysia
Prime Minister of Malaysia
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. He previously held the post of Deputy Prime Minister
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 from 7 January 2004 until he succeeded Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi is a Malaysian politician who served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2009. He was also the President of the United Malays National Organisation , the largest political party in Malaysia, and led the governing Barisan Nasional parliamentary coalition...

 as Prime Minister on 3 April 2009. Najib is President of the United Malays National Organisation
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 (UMNO). He is the son of Malaysia's second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak and the nephew of Malaysia's third prime minister, Tun Hussein Onn.

Najib succeeded Abdullah at a time after his ruling coalition, the Barisan Nasional
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, lost its long held two-thirds majority in parliament to the opposition led by former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim
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 in the 2008 parliamentary election.
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 Since then Najib has tried to build a moderate image for himself and the UMNO through the 1Malaysia
1Malaysia is an on-going programme designed by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on September 16, 2010, calling for the cabinet, government agencies, and civil servants to more strongly emphasize ethnic harmony, national unity, and efficient governance....

Born 23 July 1953, in Kuala Lipis, Pahang, Najib is the eldest of Prime Minister Abdul Razak's six sons, and the nephew of Hussein Onn, Malaysia’s third Prime Minister.