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His Excellency Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, prime minister of Malaysia

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib (@NajibRazak|) was appointed as Malaysia's sixth prime minister on 3 April 2009. He succeeded Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who did not seek re-election as Umno President. 

Dato' Sri Najib, the eldest son of the second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, was born in the district of Kuala Lipis in the state of Pahang. He received his primary and secondary education at one of the country's leading schools, St John's Institution. He continued his secondary education at the Malvern Boys’ College in Worcestershire, England. Upon completion of his secondary education, Dato' Sri Najib enrolled at the University of Nottingham and graduated in 1974 in industrial economics. 

On his return to Malaysia in the same year, Dato' Sri Najib joined the national oil company, Petronas, as an executive where he served for two years before entering politics in 1976. Dato' Sri Najib was elected unopposed as member of parliament at the age of 23. 

He has served in a series of government positions including as minister of culture, youth and sports, minister of defence, minister of education, minister of finance and deputy prime minister.

In March 2009, Dato' Sri Najib was elected unopposed as Umno president after Dato' Seri Abdullah decided not to seek re-election. Subsequently, in April, Dato' Seri Abdullah announced he was stepping down as prime minister and Dato' Sri Najib was sworn in as prime minister. He continues to hold the minister of finance post. 

Dato’ Sri Najib introduced the New Economic Model with reforms to create a business environment conducive to economic growth, development and investment. The goal is to make Malaysia a high-income nation and a developed country by 2020.

Dato' Sri Najib is married to Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor and he has five children.