Malaysia’s king abdicates: palace statement
Published 9:14 pm | January 06, 2019
Malaysia’s king has abdicated, royal officials said Sunday, ending weeks of speculation about his future after he
took a leave of absence and amid rumours he married a Russian former beauty queen.
Sultan Muhammad V’s decision marks the first time a king has abdicated in
the Muslim-majority country since it gained independence from Britain in
“The National Palace informs that his majesty has resigned as the 15th
king effective January 6,” said a statement from the palace.
It did not give any reason for the 49-year-old royal’s move.
But there had been a question mark over the reign of the king, who
ascended to the throne in December 2016, since he took a leave of absence for
medical treatment in November.
Reports then circulated online that he had married a former Miss Moscow in
Russia — although royal officials in Malaysia have so far not commented on
Speculation intensified about his future this week when the country’s
Islamic royals reportedly held a special meeting.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, with an unique arrangement where the throne changes hands every five years between rulers of the nine Malaysian states headed by centuries-old Islamic royalty.
দৈনিক সময় সংবাদ ২৪ ডট কম সংবাদের কোনো সংবাদ, তথ্য, ছবি,আলোকচত্রি, ভিডিওচিত্র, অডিও কনটেন্ট কপিরাইট আইনে র্পূব অনুমতি ছাড়া ব্যবহার করা সর্ম্পূণ বেআইনি। সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যমে যে কোন কমেন্সের জন্য কর্তৃপক্ষ দায়ী নয়।