Azmin To Join Cabinet, Find Replacement

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Azmin to take on federal role once new menteri besar is sworn in.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has consented to Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali leaving the post to accept the appointment as Minister of Economic Affairs, but decreed that the latter must remain until a successor is picked, according to the state Ruler’s private secretary.

Datuk Lela Bakti said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah also required Azmin to provide names of suitable candidates for the Sultan’s consideration.

“He will remain as mentri besar until the transition of power to the new mentri besar can take place smoothly and systematically.

“The process is in line with the Selangor State Constitution 1959 and the Federal Constitution,” he said in a statement today.

Lela said Sultan Sharafuddin had granted an audience with Azmin yesterday to discuss Azmin’s helming of the new federal ministry after receiving confirmation from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“I would like to express my profound gratitude to the Sultan for the advice and guidance given throughout the duration of my administration of the Selangor State Government.

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“Undoubtedly, the Sultan’s advice and guidance helped to strengthen my conviction to lead the state and enabled me to take Selangor to greater heights of achievement,” Azmin said in a statement today.

Azmin, who had expressed surprise at his selection for a Cabinet post, was among the ministers who are due to be sworn in today.