The king of Malaysia, Sultan Muhammad V has renounced the throne after weeks of guesswork regarding his health and rumored marriage. This is the first in the history of Malaysia that a king has abdicated since its independence from Great Britain in 1957. He has resigned as 15th King of Muslim-majority country Malaysia and his resignation is effective from 6th of January. He was the youngest constitutional monarch of Malaysia. The announcement was made from Malaysia's National Palace, which gave no hints as to why the monarch had taken the historic decision.
The statement given by Palace said that the king was grateful for the opportunity given to him by the Council of Rulers and thanked the prime minister and government of the country. It read, "His Highness has worked towards fulfilling his responsibilities entrusted to him as the head of state, serving as a pillar of stability, the source of justice, the core of unity ... for the people."
He had spent the two months off from his duties for medical leave. The resignation came a week after this medical leave. There were many speculations regarding his marriage. He is believed to have married a former Russian beauty queen, Oksana Voevodina, who is 24-year-old. According to some of the Russian media reports, Oksana tied the knot with the 49-year-old king at a lavish ceremony at the Barvikha concert hall in Moscow. While Malaysian Police officials have declined to acknowledge the rumored marriage.
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