Malaysia's King Muhammad V resigns

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She reportedly met the Malaysian king while he was traveling in Europe in 2017 and she was modeling luxury watches.

Sultan Nazrin Shah has been named as acting Agong pending the appointment of a new Agong following the abdication of Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Agong. He is keen on extreme sports like off-road driving, shooting and endurance challenges.

Malaysia has nine royal households, who typically take turns to sit on the throne.

The Sunday evening announcement marks the first time in Malaysia's history since British independence that an Agong has abdicated the throne.

Malaysians expressed surprise and distress over the abdication on social media.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday that the government hopes the new Agong would be elected as soon as possible, Bernama reported.

In a report by Astro Awani, it was confirmed that the Council of Rulers will choose the 16th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, along with his deputy, on 24th January 2019.

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Under the rotational system, the Sultan of Pahang state, Ahmad Shah, is next in line although the sultan is ailing according to local media, a rumour the palace has strenuously denied.

Swearing in ceremonies for Malaysian kings are lavish affairs, marked by honour guards and Islamic prayers and attended by hundreds of guests in traditional finery.

"The Royal Malaysia Police wants the laws to be maintained but if there are certain parties who are dissatisfied, we leave it to the committee formed under the Ministry of Home Affairs (to decide)", he said. The ballot would then move to the next ruler on the list.

Muhammad V was selected in October 2016 as Malaysia's head of state.

And the monarch thanked the prime minister and government for their cooperation during his rule.

During his first stint as prime minister for 22 years until his retirement in 2003, Mahathir pushed through constitutional amendments that stripped the sultans' power to veto state and federal legislation, and curbed their legal immunity. For example, the Agong is the custodian of Islam in the country and has three major functions; appointing the Prime Minister, dissolving parliament to make way for elections, and to call for meetings involving the conference of rulers.

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