KJ Does U-Turn, Now Contesting Umno Presidency

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Khairy Jamaluddin expected to officially announce is contesting the Umno presidency.

Sources said the Umno Youth chief is in the process of submitting his nomination papers for the party polls on June 30, The Star reported.

Today (June 17) is the last day for submissions.

Khairy will go up against Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Rembau MP had earlier indicated that he would be contesting the Umno vice-president’s post.

It remains unclear if he will withdraw from the vice-president race.

A source from Tengku Razaleigh’s camp told Malaysiakini that the youth chief’s candidacy was probably aimed at splitting the votes so as to increase Zahid’s chances of winning.

Tengku Razaleigh, who is Gua Musang MP, confirmed his candidacy during a press conference at his home in Jalan Langgak Golf in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (June 16).

As for Dr Ahmad Zahid, it will be his first attempt for the presidency.


Another challenger is being seen as the underdog in this race to the top – the relatively unknown businessman and blogger Rahmat Azim Abdul Aziz.