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Prime Minister of Malaysia
Coat of arms of Malaysia.svg
Coat of Arms of Malaysia
Najib Tun Razak

since 3 April 2009
Style Yang Amat Berhormat (The Most Honourable)
Residence Seri Perdana
Appointer Mizan Zainal Abidin
Inaugural holder Abdul Rahman
Formation 31 August 1957

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The Prime Minister of Malaysia (Malay: Perdana Menteri) is the indirectly elected head of government of Malaysia. He is formally appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the head of state, and is invariably the leader of the largest party in the Dewan Rakyat, the elected lower house of Parliament. He heads the Cabinet, whose members are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the prime minister's advice. The prime minister has been from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) since independence. It is the largest component party of the Barisan Nasional (National Front) (known as the Perikatan (Alliance Party) until the 1969 general election).

The incumbent prime minister is Najib Tun Razak, who succeeded Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on 3 April 2009.

Requirements for taking office

According to the constitution, the Prime Minister can be from any ethnicity or sex as long as he or she commands the support of the parliament, but so far only Malay men have become the Prime Minister.

Although theoretically, the constitution gives the Yang di-Pertuan Agong discretion in the appointment of the prime minister, the appointment is invariably made based on vote-taking in the House or on the party commanding the most seats.

List of Prime Ministers of Malaysia

      United Malays National Organisation-Alliance Party/National Front (UMNO-AP—BN)       United Malays National Organisation/National Front (UMNO—BN)

# Term Name Picture Took Office Left Office Party
01 01 Abdul Rahman Tunku abd rahman.jpg 31 August 1957 19 August 1959 UMNO-AP—BN
02 19 August 1959 10 May 1969
03 10 May 1969 22 September 1970
02 Abdul Razak TunAbdulRazak.jpg 22 September 1970 24 August 1974 UMNO—BN
04 24 August 1974 14 January 1976
03 Hussein Onn Tun Hussein Onn.jpg 14 January 1976 8 July 1978 UMNO—BN
05 8 July 1978 16 July 1981
04 Mahathir Mohamad Mahathir 2007.jpg 16 July 1981 10 May 1982 UMNO—BN
06 17 March 1982 3 August 1986
07 3 August 1986 October 1990
08 October 1990 25 April 1995
09 24 April 1995 29 November 1999
10 29 November 1999 31 October 2003
05 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Badawi AID.jpg 31 October 2003 21 March 2004 UMNO—BN
11 21 March 2004 8 March 2008
12 8 March 2008 25 April 2009
06 Najib Razak Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.JPG 25 April 2009 Incumbent UMNO—BN




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