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New King To Be Elected In Malaysia By January Ending After Sudden Abdication

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A new king will be selected in Malaysia by the end of this month, after Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, resigned on Sunday for stipulated reason, as the 15th Agong, or Supreme Ruler of the federation, after he had ruled for almost three years short of the stipulated five-year term. This has left the monarchy in doubt of who would be the suitable successor to the throne.

Kings are normally selected on a rotational basis in Malaysia, from the nine monarchical heads of the country.
The right successor, Sultan of Pahang, is an old man with an ailing health, which has raised uncertainty of who should then succeed. On Monday, six of the nine state rulers, known as the Conference of Rulers, had a meeting at the National Palace to conclude on who should ascend the throne.

“The rulers have fixed Thursday, January 24, 2019 to have a special Conference of Rulers meeting for the sole purpose of selecting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI (King) and the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Deputy King),” said the Keeper of the Royal Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial in a statement. He also added that the swearing-in ceremony for the two royal positions would hold on the 31st of January.

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