Malaysia’s royal council meets after king’s surprise resignation

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Malaysia’s King Sultan Muhammad V (C) inspects a guard of honour in the course of the National Day celebration parade in Putrajaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on August 31, 2018.

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and the king assumes a largely ceremonial function, together with appearing as custodian of Islam within the Muslim-majority nation. The king’s assent is required for the appointment of a primary minister and varied senior officers.

Malaysia’s 9 royal households take turns to supply a king, who’s chosen via a vote in a Council of Rulers, made up of the 9 households, most of that are led by a sultan.

Heads of six of the 9 households met on Monday on the nationwide palace to resolve a date for the election of a brand new king, Bernama reported. It was not clear why the opposite three didn’t attend.

A vote should be held inside 4 weeks of the throne changing into vacant.

King Muhammad, 49, had resumed duties final week after spending two months on medical go away,

Images purporting to indicate him getting married in Russia appeared on social media in December and recognized his new spouse as Oksana Voevodina, who gained a Miss Moscow contest in 2015.

The palace didn’t reply to earlier requests for touch upon the pictures or experiences of a wedding.

Media has reported pressure between the palace and the federal government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for the reason that latter returned to energy final yr.

Mahathir led the opposition to a historic election win in May, defeating a coalition that had ruled Malaysia for 60 years.

In June, the federal government and palace confronted a close to two-week deadlock over a plan to nominate somebody how was not from the bulk ethnic Malay neighborhood as attorney-general.

The king ultimately authorized the appointment, although the incident had stoked ethnic tensions.

Mahathir, recognized for difficult royalty throughout his earlier 22-year tenure as prime minister, stated in a weblog publish final week that everybody “from the Rulers to the Prime Minister and Ministers, to the civil servants and ordinary citizens” are topic to the regulation. He didn’t elaborate.

Mahathir stated on Monday the federal government hoped the council would elect a brand new king as quickly as doable as the federal government wanted to maintain the king apprised on “certain matters”, Bernama reported.

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