King Muhammad of Malaysia abdicates

Malaysia’s monarch abdicates the throne | The Thaiger

The king abdicated on Sunday after just two years on the throne, the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing their five-year tenure.

The daily reported this based on a statement from Keeper of the Royal Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, who added that the swearing-in ceremony for the elected Agong will be held later this month on 31st January. Posts identified his new wife as Oksana Voevodina, who won a Miss Moscow contest in 2015. She reportedly met the Malaysian king while he was traveling in Europe in 2017 and she was modeling luxury watches.

Ms Voevodina, who had reportedly converted to Islam in April past year, also donned a headscarf.

Images purporting to show the king getting married in Russian Federation appeared on social media in December.

Sultan Muhammad V studied at St Cross College at Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, according to official media. He is keen on extreme sports like off-road driving, shooting and endurance challenges.

The palace said in a statement Sunday that the 49-year-old Sultan Muhammad V had resigned with immediate effect, cutting short his five-year term.

"We Malaysians pray that you will always be granted health and protection by God", ex-premier Najib Razak wrote on Facebook.

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A successor has yet to be announced, however, experts suspect that the Conference of Rulers, in which the sultans, prime minister, and officials convene to discuss monarchical matters, may have already anticipated the abdication, and have decided on who will lead next.

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

But the succession may not be as straightforward this time as the next in line to the throne, Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang state, is elderly and reported to be ailing.

Mahathir's had a thorny relationship with Malaysia's royalty since 1993, when he changed the constitution to remove their legal immunity and scrapped laws barring people from criticizing the king. The ballot would then move to the next ruler on the list.

Sultan Muhammad V was installed as king in December 2016.

Other political figures thanked the King for his service. One problem with that scenario is that Ismail supposedly does not get along well with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has a long history of attempting to limit the powers of the monarchy and remove its immunity from prosecution. But the monarch is highly regarded, particularly among the ethnic Malay Muslim majority, as the supreme upholder of Islam and Malay tradition. The Agong consented to the appointment after two weeks of the stand-off.

The report also said that Sultan Muhammad was anxious to start a family after he did not have children in his first marriage.

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