Samy Vellu resigns from MIC to pave way for Palanivel to take over.

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) longest serving president announced his resignation and hand over the power to his deputy Datuk G. Palanivel on Monday.

Samy Vellu, 74, who took over the helm of the party in 1979 after the death of its sixth president Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam, had said last week that the party would see a smooth power transition.

“Despite my current term would expire in March 2012,” Samy said by resigning early it would allow his deputy to prepare for the next General Election.

Samy said he had sent his resignation letter to the party Central Working Committee (CWC) on Monday.

MIC’s CWC also endorsed the appointment of Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam as MIC deputy president.

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