Malaysian king abdicates throne weeks after marrying Russian beauty queen

BREAKING Agong Officially Resigns Effective Today- WORLD OF BUZZ 1

The Malaysian National Palace has said in a statement that Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan has resigned as the 15th Agong or Supreme Ruler of the federation.

The king was dressed in Malaysian national clothes, and the bride wore a white wedding dress.

During his medical leave, Muhammad V reportedly married 25-year-old Russian beauty Oksana Voevodina, who won the Miss Moscow pageant in 2015.

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.

Despite mounting speculation in recent days the king might give up the throne, there was still palpable shock across the country at the first abdication of a king since the end of British rule in 1957.

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There had been a question mark over the reign of the king since his leave of absence "for medical treatment" in November. Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of northeast Kelantan state, was installed in December 2016 as one of the country's youngest constitutional monarchs.

Despite this, it is accorded considerable prestige, particularly among the country's Malay Muslim majority for whom the king is seen as upholding Malay and Islamic tradition.

The Council of Rulers will meet on January 24 to elect the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his deputy.

If he had remained on the throne, the 49-year-old monarch would have served only three more years, because Malaysia has a unique "rotational monarchy" in which the ceremonial royal office is passed between nine sultans.

However, the king's assent is needed before the appointment of the prime minister and senior public officials.

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Sultan Muhammad V pardoned Anwar Ibrahim, who is expected to become the nation's next premier.

The announcement concludes a week of rumors and uncertainty regarding his future as king, and a mysterious - and rare - mid-week emergency meeting conducted by the eight other state sultans, from which the (now former) Agong was notably absent.

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

According to a report from official news agency Bernama at the time of his enthronement, he "fills his free time by reading and has an interest in extreme sports such as four-wheel drive expeditions and endurance challenges and shooting".

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