Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister and son of a former premier, was sworn in Friday morning as Malaysia's new (and, sixth) Prime Minister, succeeding Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who tendered his resignation to the country's constitutional monarch Thursday, reports say.

Badawi made way for Razak after leading the country for over five years, well before the end of his second term, marking a smooth political transition in the prosperous Southeast Asian nation.

Dressed in traditional black baju melayu (shirt) complete with sampan (a waist band), Razak, 55, was administered the oath of secrecy, loyalty and confidentiality by Yang di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, the royal head of the state.

Last Thursday Razak, was officially declared president of the United Malays National Organization party, effectively clearing for him the path to the premiership because of its dominance of the political scene.

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