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Malaysia's King Muhammad V Abdicates the Throne

Malaysia's King Muhammad V Abdicates the Throne

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, with a unique arrangement where the throne changes hands every five years between rulers of the ninestates headed by centuries-old Islamic royalty.

The king's resignation took effect immediately, the National Palace said in a statement.

Officials have not commented on the rumours or given any further details about his health.

"Have a happy life Sultan Muhammad V", Facebook user SB Lim wrote.

He went on medical leave in November and, later that month, photographs emerged that appeared to show him marrying a former Miss Moscow in the Russian capital.

"The King, during his tenure, worked to fulfil his responsibilities and the trust given him as Head of State, working to be an anchor of stability, a source of justice, a core of unity and the protector of unification among the people". The Agong - or "king of kings" - is appointed to a five-year stint in the position, which he rotates with the other sultans, by the Conference of Rulers.

There had been a question mark over the reign of the king since his leave of absence "for medical treatment" in November.

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The marriage has not been confirmed by either the palace or the government.

The couple Wednesday in Moscow at a lavish ceremony following strict Islamic traditions, including being alcohol free with halal food.

Mahathir said on Monday the government hoped the council would elect a new king as soon as possible as the government needed to keep the king informed on "certain matters", Bernama reported.

"In discharging the wishes of His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, Istana Negara hereby announces that His Majesty is abdicating as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong effective Jan 6, 2019, pursuant to Article 32 (3) of the Federal Constitution", he said in a statement here.

He was elected as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the 243rd Meeting (Special) of the Conference of Rulers in October 2016, who also voted for the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah to be the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

However, Abdul Aziz said Pahang could still provide the next Agong if the state's regent is installed as the sultan.