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New King to be elected by the end of the month

Source: Western Advocate

Malaysia will be electing a new king by the end of this January after a historically unprecedented resignation by the country’s king which left the monarchy in a state of doubt.

With 3 years remaining, Sultan Muhammad V resigned as the 15th Agong after just 2 years of ruling.

No reason was given for the abdication.

Malaysia’s kings are usually selected on a rotational basis from amongst the country’s nine monarchical heads. The next king in line is the Sultan of Pahang, but the 88-year-old’s ailing health has raised concerns of who should rightly succeed.

On Monday, six of the nine state rulers, collectively named the Conference of Rulers, held a meeting at the National Palace to decide who would be next in line to the throne.

“The rulers attending this gathering have fixed Thursday, January 24, 2019 to hold a special Conference of Rulers meeting for the purpose of electing the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI (King) and the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Deputy King),” Keeper of the Royal Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial said in a statement.

The swearing-in ceremony for both royal positions would be held on January 31, the statement added.

The king’s role is largely ceremonial, as most of the authority to govern is held by the prime minister and cabinet.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said the government will “not interfere in this matter,”

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