Malaysia crowns Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah as 16th king

Published On: January 31, 2019 10:30 AM NPT By: Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31: Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state has been crowned as Malaysia’s 16th king under a unique rotating monarchy system, nearly a month after the sudden abdication of Sultan Muhammad V.

Garbed in aqua blue regalia, Sultan Abdullah, 59, took his oath of office in a ceremony Thursday in the national palace.

Nine hereditary state rulers take turns as king for five-year terms under the world’s only such system. Sultan Muhammad V, 49, abruptly resigned Jan. 6 as Malaysia’s king after just two years on the throne 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.

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