Malaysia’s king abdicates after two years on throne
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s King Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday, the palace mentioned, after two years on the throne, the primary time a monarch has stepped down sooner than finishing their five-year tenure.
The king’s resignation took impact in an instant, the National Palace mentioned in a observation. No reason why was once given and palace officers didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Every week in the past, the king, 49, had resumed tasks after spending two months on clinical go away. Images purporting to turn him getting married in Russia gave the impression on social media in December. The palace didn’t reply to requests for remark on the footage or reviews of a wedding.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and the king assumes a in large part ceremonial position, together with because the custodian of Islam within the Muslim-majority nation. However, the king’s assent is wanted sooner than the appointment of a chief minister or senior public officers.
Malaysia has 9 royal families, who normally take turns to sit down on the throne, and the collection of the following king is determined by way of a vote within the Council of Rulers, made up of all 9 royal families.
The palace observation mentioned the king, who took the throne in December 2016, was once thankful for the chance given to him by way of the Council of Rulers and thanked the top minister and executive for his or her cooperation all through his rule.
“His Highness has worked towards fulfilling his responsibilities entrusted to him as the head of state, serving as a pillar of stability, source of justice, the core of unity … for the people,” the palace observation mentioned.
The New Straits Times reported there were tensions between the palace and the federal government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who led the opposition to an election win in May.
Mahathir, identified for difficult royalty all through his previous 22-year tenure as top minister, mentioned in a weblog submit final week that everybody “from the Rulers to the Prime Minister and Ministers, to the civil servants and ordinary citizens” are matter to the legislation. He didn’t elaborate.
In June, the federal government and palace confronted a close to two-week deadlock over a plan to nominate a non-Malay as attorney-general. The king ultimately authorized the appointment, regardless that the incident had stoked racial tensions.
Reporting by way of Joseph Sipalan; Editing by way of Janet Lawrence