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Umno's backing for PM Ismail may lead to 'all-out showdown' between factions

Malaysian PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob (left) with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Umno’s general assembly in March. PHOTO: BERNAMA
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KUALA LUMPUR - Umno's sudden announcement last week proposing that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob continue leading Malaysia if it wins the next general election, widely expected this year, does not mark the end of intrigue in the ruling party.

Rather, it is akin to hearing the bell signalling the start of the final stretch in a contest that could make or break the careers of the top brass in the grand old party.

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