KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysia’s king abdicates in unexpected and rare move
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Jan 06, 2019— Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V has abdicated after just two years on the throne.
The palace said in a statement Sunday that the 49-year-old Sultan Muhammad V had resigned with immediate effect, cutting short his five-year term. No reason was given in the statement.
It’s the first abdication in Malaysia’s history.
Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of northeast Kelantan state, was installed in December 2016 as one of Malaysia’s youngest constitutional monarchs.