Malaysian royals pick new king | Daily News

Malaysian royals pick new king

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state was named Malaysia's new king on Thursday, replacing Sultan Muhammad V who abdicated unexpectedly after just two years on the throne.

Sultan Muhammad  resigned on 6th of January as Malaysia's 15th king, cutting short his five-year term in the first abdication in the nation's history. No reason was given, but it came after he reportedly married a 25-year-old former Russian beauty queen in November.

The keeper of the ruler's seal, Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, said the Conference of Rulers elected Sultan Abdullah on Thursday under a unique rotating monarchy system. Sultan Abdullah, a key figure in several international sports bodies, will be sworn in on 31st of January for a five-year term, Syed Danial said in a statement.

Sultan Abdullah's election had been widely expected, as the Pahang ruler was next in line based on a rotation order established among the country's nine state rulers.

Just days ago, Sultan Abdullah succeeded his ailing 88-year-old father, Sultan Ahmad Shah, as Pahang sultan. He has been state regent for the past two years due to his father's ill health and the state succession was seen as paving the way for him to become king.
 


 

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