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Sunday September 1, 2013 MYT 11:02:00 AM
Sunday September 1, 2013 MYT 2:11:52 PM
by wani muthiah
Datuk Seri G. Palanivel files his nomination papers for the party's presidential election.
KUALA LUMPUR: Incumbent MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel retained his post for another term after nominations for the party's presidential election closed Sunday with no contender coming forward.
No contest is expected to take place for MIC's top two positions in a move to strengthen the party by avoiding divisive politics at the top.
Palanivel has said he will step down in 2016.
Thousands of party members were at the MIC headquarters waiting for the official announcement that Palanivel would retain his post uncontested.
Though there was widespread speculation last month that his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam would challenge him, the two decided to abide by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s advise to avoid a contest that would likely weaken the party further.
Palanivel, a former journalist with Bernama, took over after Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu stepped down in 2010 after 31 years as MIC chief.
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