Malaysia state’s new sul­tan tipped to be coun­try’s next king

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - W RLD -

Kuala Lumpur: The cen­tral Malaysian state of Pa­hang’s soon-to-be new sul­tan is tipped to be­come the coun­try’s next king un­der a unique ro­tat­ing monar­chy sys­tem. The Con­fer­ence of Rulers has said it will pick a new king among nine hered­i­tary state rulers on Jan­uary 24 fol­low­ing the sud­den ab­di­ca­tion of Sul­tan Muham­mad V after just two years on the throne. No rea­sons were given for the Jan. 6 ab­di­ca­tion, the first in the na­tion’s his­tory, which came after the 49-year-old Sul­tan Muham­mad V re­port­edly mar­ried a for­mer Rus­sian beauty queen. Pa­hang’s 88-year-old Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah is next in line to be king, but he is gravely ill. Tengku Ab­dul­lah, cur­rently the re­gent of Pa­hang, will suc­ceed Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah on Tuesday, the Pa­hang palace an­nounced Satur­day.

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