PUTRAJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today announced the dissolution of Parliament to pave the way for the 12th general election.
The announcement was made at a media conference at his office here and telecast live on RTM1 at noon.
The prime minister also advised all the state governments, except Sarawak, to dissolve their state assemblies to enable the state elections to be held simultaneously.
He said he had an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin this morning and had received his consent to dissolve the 11th Parliament.
The dissolution of this Parliament was made 15 months before the expiry of its five-year term on May 16, 2009.
The Election Commission (EC) is expected to meet soon to fix the dates for nominations and polling.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, who was present when the announcement was made, expressed the hope that the general election would run smoothly.
He said the Barisan Nasional (BN) hoped to retain the two-thirds majority that it received in the 11th general election in 2004.
He said the BN machinery was ready for the general election.
"The list of candidates has been fixed," he said, adding that the BN would field new faces as well as the old guard and would announce the names in a day or two. (Bernama)