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Published: Saturday July 4, 2009 MYT 3:07:00 PM

Datuk Wong Foon Meng is the next Senate president

KUALA LUMPUR : Senate deputy president Datuk Wong Foon Meng is the next Senate president, taking over from outgoing president Tan Sri Dr Abdul HamidPawanteh on July 7.

Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh retires on July 6, after serving six years or two terms as a senator.

A motion will be tabled in Senate on July 7 naming Wong, who is into his second term as deputy, as the Senate president.

Article 56 of the Federal Constitution states that the Senate shall choose one of its members to be the Yang di-Pertuan Dewan Negara, or the Senate president and one to be the Deputy President of the Senate.

It also limits the tenure of a senator to two terms only.

With a total of six senators from Pakatan Rakyat states - Kelantan, Kedah and Penang, it is unlikely that they would be able to elect a Senate president of their choice in the Senate, now comprising 65 members.

On July 6, Senator Mumtaz Md Mawi, from Kelantan, will take her oath to serve a second term while two from Penang - Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim and Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff - would also be sworn in.

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