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Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V Abdicates After Two Years on the Throne

The king of Malaysia abdicated Sunday, a first in the history of the country. This abdication comes to end weeks of speculation fueled by his absence for health reasons and rumors that he married a former Russian beauty queen.

This decision of Sultan Muhammad V marks the first time that a king withdrew during his five-year term. The national palace confirmed the resignation with immediate effect of Sultan Muhammad V.Publicity

“The National Palace announces that his majesty has resigned as 15th King, and that this decision comes into force on January 6th. His Majesty asks the people to remain united to maintain unity, tolerance and work together, “said the statement of the palace.

Malaysia: King abdicates after two years on the throne

The Islamic rulers of Malaysia will have to meet in the coming days to choose a new king.

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with unique modalities in the world. The king changes every five years, still elected among the royal families who run nine of the thirteen states of the country. This system has been in place since the independence obtained from Great Britain in 1957.

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A secret wedding?

Sultan Muhammad V had taken a leave of absence for medical treatment but several British and Russian media reported that he had married the former Miss Moscow in the Russian capital during a lavish ceremony.

Malaysia: King abdicates after two years on the throne

The Royal Malaysian authorities have so far not commented on the rumor of the marriage, nor given details of the state of health of the king.

Speculation has intensified over the king’s future after the official end of his sick leave in late December, and the Islamic royal family of the country would have held a special meeting last week.Publicity

Although their role is ceremonial, Islamic kingship in Malaysia is highly respected, especially by Muslim Muslims, and it is strictly forbidden to criticize them.

Sultan Muhammad V studied at Oxford. He is known to love 4×4 rides and other extreme sports like endurance races.

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