Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysia's Prime Minister, has tendered his resignation to the country's constitutional monarch before handing power to his deputy after more than five years of tenure, reports say.

The King, Sultan Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, has given his consent for Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak to be sworn-in as Malaysia's sixth Prime Minister Friday, the chief secretary to the government, Mohamed Sidek Hassan, said.

In a statement issued Thursday night from the national administrative capital Putrajaya, near Kuala Lumpur, he said the King had consented for Najib to be presented his letter of appointment as prime minister and to take his oath of office, loyalty and confidentiality at the National Palace at 10 am Friday.

Badawi went to the palace and submitted his resignation during a 40-minute visit.

The king will formally confirm the resignation later Thursday following which he will swear-in Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak as the new prime minister Friday in what is believed to be a carefully-planned power transition that had been one year in making.

Najib was last Thursday officially declared president of the United Malays National Organisation party, effectively clearing his path to the premiership because of its dominance of the political scene.

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