February 23, 2011 / 12:11 AM / 7 years ago

PROFILE-Malaysia's Prime Minister, Finance Minister Najib Razak

Position: Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia

Incumbent: Najib Razak

Date of Birth: July 23, 1953

Term: Appointed as Prime Minister on April 3, 2009; term ends March 2013.

Key Facts:

- Najib is regarded as political aristocracy -- he is the son of Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, and the nephew of the third.

- Received his early education in Malaysia before continuing at Malvern Boy’s College, Worcestershire, England and taking a bachelors degree in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University.

- Holds record as the youngest candidate in a Malaysian election at age 22 in 1976 after the death of his father left vacant the Pekan constituency in his home state of Pahang.

- Is Malaysia’s most experienced serving politician with a three-decade career in government including as Deputy Energy Minister and Chief Minister of his home state. Has also served in the Cabinet holding the Youth, Education and Defence portfolios.

- Became Malaysia’s sixth Prime Minister on April 2009, succeeding Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who bows out after the ruling coalition is hit by record losses in the 2008 general election.

- Took office pledging economic and political reforms. Najib has delivered measures such as granting new bank licenses and cutting the fiscal deficit but has shied away from big subsidy cuts and tax reforms. He has also reversed tack on controversial preferential equity ownership rules for the majority ethnic Malays, wary of a political backlash.

- Najib’s younger brother Nazir runs Malaysia’s second-largest lender, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd

- An avid golfer, Najib is married and has five children.

(Reporting by Razak Ahmad; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)

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