Members of Malaysia’s royal households agreed on Monday to vote for a new king on January 24 to substitute King Muhammad V, who has stepped down unexpectedly, the nationwide information company Bernama reported.
The king resigned on Sunday after simply two years on the throne, the primary time a monarch has stepped down earlier than finishing their five-year tenure.
No purpose was given for the resignation.
King Muhammad, 49, had solely simply resumed duties final week after spending two months on medical depart.
Images purporting to present him getting married in Russia appeared on social media in December. Posts recognized his new spouse as Oksana Voevodina, who received a Miss Moscow contest in 2015.
The palace has not responded to requests for touch upon the images or studies of a marriage.
Media has additionally reported some rigidity between the palace and the federal government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for the reason that veteran chief returned to energy final yr.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and the king assumes a largely ceremonial function, together with performing as custodian of Islam within the Muslim-majority nation. The king’s assent is required for the appointment of a prime minister and numerous senior officers.
Malaysia’s 9 royal households take turns to present a king, who’s chosen by a vote in a Council of Rulers, made up of the 9 households, most of that are led by a sultan.
A vote should be held inside 4 weeks of the throne changing into vacant.
Heads of six of the 9 households met on Monday on the nationwide palace to determine a date for the election of a new king.
The council agreed that a new king could be voted in on January 24, and would formally take the throne on January 31, the council stated in a assertion posted on the Bernama Twitter feed.
One sultan couldn’t attend as he was unwell, whereas one other was abroad, the council stated. The third sultan who was not current was King Muhammad.
Earlier on Monday, Mahathir stated the federal government hoped the council would elect a new king as quickly as potential as the federal government wanted to preserve the king apprised on “certain matters”, Bernama reported.
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 appoint somebody how was not from the bulk ethnic Malay group as attorney-general.
The king ultimately permitted the appointment, although the incident had stoked ethnic tensions.
Mahathir, identified for difficult royalty throughout his earlier 22-year tenure as prime minister, stated 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 topic to the legislation. He didn’t elaborate.