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PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had expected that his son Mukhriz would not succeed in the contest for the vice-president's post.
The former prime minister said the results showed that Umno delegates wanted to retain the incumbents.
"I see that the same old faces got elected. I told him (Mukhriz) that he will lose and had a 50-50 chance or less. My prediction came true," he told reporters after attending a prize giving ceremony for Putrajaya Longboat Rowing Championship 2013, here, Sunday.
Incumbent Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein retained the vice-president's post when he beat challenger Mukhriz in a stiff race.
The Defence Minister received 101 votes while Kedah Mentri Besar Mukhriz garnered 93 votes.
The other two vice-presidents are Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (188) and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Shafie Apdal (177).
Asked if the election results would complicate the transformation of Umno, Dr Mahathir said the results showed that change expected did not happen.
"I do not know. Some people want to change. Some people want to remain. Physically, it was not successful (transformation). Maybe the thinking of those elected will undergo rejuvenation," he added. - Bernama
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