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The Malaysian monarch’s resignation explained

22 7 131

THE Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V stepped down from the throne Sunday in an unprecedented resignation for the country, ending days of widespread speculation of his future in the office and amid rumours of his recent marriage to a Russian ex-model.

The royal palace issued a statement saying the King resigned from his post as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Head of state) in line with provisions in the Federal Constitution and after informing the “matter officially to the Malay rulers”.

The palace’s Comptroller of the Royal Household Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab. Aziz, in the statement, did not indicate the reasons for the sultan’s resignation but said the latter had expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister and government for rendering their full cooperation in governing the nation.

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“Throughout his tenure as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, his Royal Highness has fulfilled his duties as the Head of State, a pillar of national stability, a source of justice and basis of unity and uniting factor for the people,” the........

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