KUALA LUMPUR: The three seats for the Umno vice-president’s post are open for contest in the next party election, says Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Najib said Umno would give full support to current vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to retain his post in the event of a contest.

“The vice-president posts are open but we hope Hishammuddin will secure the highest number of votes.

“We will give our full support to him,” he told a press conference after delivering an adjournment speech at the end of the Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre, here today.

Yesterday, the assembly endorsed a resolution that there would be a no-contest rule for the posts of Umno president and deputy president.

The assembly also agreed that vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would fill the deputy president’s post in the next party assembly.

This leaves two empty slots in the vice-presidency, including the seat left vacant following the removal of Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal from the post some time back.

Najib said the assembly’s resolution on no-contest rule for top two party posts would also automatically invalidate any nomination of candidates to challenge the incumbents.

He said the highest decision-making body in the party was by the assembly.

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Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak (left) says the vice-president posts are open for contest in the next party election. Pic by SAIRIEN NAFIS