Sultan Muhammad V has become the first royal to step down in Malaysia, according to royal officials.
The announcement was made on Sunday. Before the abdication, the king had taken a leave of absence amidst rumours that he had married a former Miss Moscow. Sultan Muhammad V’s abdication is a first in Malaysia, ever since the country gained independence from Britain in 1957.
There were speculations regarding the reign of Sultan Muhammad V, since he had taken a leave of absence in November 2018. There were then reports shared online claiming that the king had married a Russian beauty queen.
Malaysian royal officials declined to comment on the reports.
Malaysia, a Muslim majority in Southeast Asia is a constitutional monarchy. The country is ruled by rulers of the nine Malaysian states, who leave their position to the next ruler, all of whom coming from an established Muslim royalty. Before the abdication, the rumours had intensified regarding the king’s future when Malaysian royalty gathered for a special meeting.