Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia’s king

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Malaysia’s King Sultan Muhammad V (R, front) reviewing the royal guard of honour during the opening ceremony of the parliament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 17, 2018. Xinhua

KUALA LUMPUR (Xinhua) – Malaysia’s King Sultan Muhammad V has resigned, after over two years serving as the country’s ceremonial supreme head of state.

The resignation was announced Sunday by the national palace, which said the King had informed his decision officially to the Malay Rulers through a letter issued to the secretary of the Conference of Rulers.

Under the special rotational monarchy system in Malaysia, the king as the head of state, is selected every five years from the nine hereditary sultans or state rulers, called the Conference of Rulers.

King Muhammad V fulfilled his responsibilities as the head of state, and was an anchor of stability, source of justice, basis of unity and uniting factor among the country’s diverse people, the palace said in a statement.

He has also expressed his highest appreciation to the prime minister and the government for their cooperation, the statement said.

The palace made no mention of the reason for his resignation, saying King Muhammad V has prepared to return to his home state of where he remains as sultan.

King Muhammad V took the throne in December 2016. Prior to his resignation, the 49-year-old had been on a two-month medical leave from November last year.

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