Never before in history has a king in Malaysia, with an unusual system of rotating monarchs, retired early. But in the beginning of the year, king Muhammad V that he step down from the throne as head of state, although he only served two years of his five-year term of office.
No official explanation for the sudden defection was never.
a 49-year-old Muhammad's love life. At the end of last year we went to the frånskilde Mohammed V, during a sick leave, to Moscow. Where he took the opportunity to marry with the 25-year-old Russian model Oksana Voevodina. Voevodina is famous in Russia for having participated in various beauty pageants and realityshower. Often she shared nude pictures in social media and in 2015 she was elected to the Miss Moscow.
It fits poorly in multi-ethnic Malaysia, where the monarchy is seen as an important cultural and religious role model for the country's muslim majority. The king is a respected person who is not a criticism.
the Mohammed V then marries a Russian model, which admittedly has converted to islam, and therefore may have been too much. However, it is only speculation. Muhammad's departure is surrounded by secrecy and private individuals who have criticized his personal life or the monarchy has been the subject of law enforcement investigations.
with a system that is not similar to anything else in the world. Here rotererar the kings between the monarchic families of nine of the country's 13 states. The other four provinces are governed by governors and does not participate in the election. The term of office of the kings is five years, then it will be time for the next state supreme monarch to assume the throne.
Now, the choice fell on the sultan Abdullah, a sportälskande 59-year-old from the state of Pahang who will take over the throne 31 January. Abdullah sits among others with the international football federation Fifa's board of directors and in the international landhockeyförbundet. He studied at a military academy in the Uk and reported that the young have been fond of playing polo.
As king, he will in particular exercise the ceremonial power. But compared with, for example, the Swedish king, he has the ability to clear a greater influence over the country. Among other things, he has the right of veto over who becomes prime minister and other political dignitaries. He also has the power to pardon criminals, is the commander in chief and the religious head of the state.