The Malaysian monarch's resignation explained

The Malaysian monarch's resignation explained

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the government accepts Sultan Muhammad V's decision to step down, which is in accordance with the Constitution.

Malaysia's royal families will meet on January 24 to pick a new king after Sultan Muhammad V abdicated unexpectedly after just two years on the throne, an official said Monday.

Under a unique system maintained since Malaysia's independence from Britain in 1957, nine hereditary state rulers take turns as the country's king for five-year terms. No reason was given in the statement. Prior to his resignation, the 49-year-old had been on a two-month medical leave from November last year before announcing his resignation.

Ms Voevodina, who is from the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, described her young self as a "bandit" who liked skates and bikes, and boys who took part in these competitions, reported British tabloid Daily Mail.

According to the Straits Times, Malaysia's nine Malay state rulers elect an Agong among themselves every five years customarily on a rotational basis, but Sultan Muhammad's resignation happens just two years after he ascended in Dec 2016.

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and while the king assumes a largely ceremonial role, his assent is needed for the appointment of a prime minister and various other senior officials.

During that period, photos that were said to be of the couple's wedding began making rounds online, with reports naming Sultan Muhammad's love interest as 25-year-old Oksana Voevodina, the victor of the Miss Moscow 2015 title.

The palace has also said that the king is preparing to return home to the state of Kelantan.

The palace has not commented on reports of a marriage.

Keeper of the Ruler's Seal, Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, said the Council of Rulers held a meeting Monday and set January 24 to elect a new king.

As recently as Friday, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed denied rumours of an abdication, saying he did not receive letters or any official indication about the possible abdication.

Reports then circulated online that he had married a former Miss Moscow in Russian Federation - although royal officials in Malaysia have so far not commented.

Neither the sultan, the palace nor the government has officially confirmed the wedding.

Related Articles