All clear for Sarawak chief minister Taib to step down
KUCHING (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The way has been cleared for Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to step down as Sarawak Chief Minister and become head of state.
The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu's (PBB) supreme council gave him the mandate to choose his successor at a teary meeting on Friday, which ended with Mr Taib hugging everyone present.
The council also unanimously expressed the view that the country's longest serving politician should be made the next head of state, taking over from Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Muhammad Salahuddin whose term ends on Feb 28.
Mr Taib, who spoke briefly to a large crowd of media members before leaving, said he would make an "overall statement" in two days as he needed time to reflect.