Malaysian PM names deputy Najib as finance minister

KUALA LUMPUR Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:57am IST

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (R) talks to his deputy Najib Razak before the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party supreme council meeting at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur July 10, 2008, file photo. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (R) talks to his deputy Najib Razak before the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party supreme council meeting at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur July 10, 2008, file photo.

Credit: Reuters/Zainal Abd Halim

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Wednesday named his powerful deputy, Najib Razak, as the country's finance minister.

The post had been held by the prime minister prior to Najib's appointment.

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