Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia's king

Sultan Muhammad V has stepped down as Malaysia’s king after a week of speculation about the monarch’s status following his two-month leave of absence

Sultan Muhammad V has stepped down as Malaysia’s king after a week of speculation about the monarch’s status following his two-month leave of absence

"His majesty tells the people of Malaysia to continue to be united to maintain unity, tolerance, and work together", said the statement, signed by the Comptroller of the Royal Household, Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz.

Malaysia's king has abdicated, royal officials have said, ending weeks of speculation about his future. Malaysia's nine royal households will soon hold a Conference of Rulers to elect the next Agong.

She had also spoken about having her father by her side during the finals of the 2015 Miss Moscow contest. Images purporting to show him getting married in Russian Federation appeared on social media in December.

Sultan Muhammad V delayed Mahathir's swearing-in as prime minister after a historic election victory in May past year, and also delayed giving his consent to the appointment of a non-Muslim attorney general. He is keen on extreme sports like off-road driving, shooting and endurance challenges.

The king's resignation marks the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing their five-year reign.

The palace said in a statement that the 49-year-old ruler had resigned as Malaysia's 15th king with immediate effect, cutting short his five-year term.

"We Malaysians pray for his health and that he is protected by Allah".

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Sultan Nazrin, who is also the deputy Agong, had served as acting Agong when Sultan Muhammad V was on a two-month leave.

Under the rotational system, the Sultan of Pahang state, Ahmad Shah, is next in line although the sultan is ailing according to local media, a rumour the palace has strenuously denied.

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and the king assumes a largely ceremonial role.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said earlier Monday that it was up to the Council of Rulers to pick the new king, but added that he hoped it would be done quickly. The ballot would then move to the next ruler on the list.

According to the New Straits Times, His Royal Highness Sultan Muhammad V will return to Kelantan to be with the state government following his resignation.

Other political figures thanked the King for his service.

Media has reported tension between the palace and the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad since the latter returned to power a year ago.

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