Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

King gives up his crown after marrying Miss Moscow

King gives up his crown after marrying Miss Moscow

Ms Voevodina, a doctor's daughter, who won the title of Miss Moscow in 2015, has worked previously as a model in China and Thailand. She reportedly met the Malaysian king while he was traveling in Europe in 2017 and she was modeling luxury watches.

But in December, pictures emerged on social media purporting to show him getting married in Russian Federation.

"The government accepts the decision of (the Sultan of Kelantan) Sultan Muhammad V to step down". He is keen on extreme sports like off-road driving, shooting and endurance challenges.

No reason was given as to why Sultan Muhammad has stepped down.

Mahathir also said that "as far as (he) knew", the king had resumed duties after going on leave for two months up until Dec 31.

Under Malaysia's unique constitutional monarchy system, the office of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which was set up 1957 - the year Malaysia gained independence from British occupation - mandates a formal election of the head of state for a five-year term.

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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.

But the succession may not be as straightforward this time as the next in line to the throne, Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang state, is elderly and reported to be ailing.

Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, who is now the deputy king and is carrying out the functions of the king until a new one is elected, are the next two names in the rotational system.

While their role is ceremonial, Malaysia's Islamic royalty command great respect, especially among Muslim Malays, and criticising them is strictly forbidden.

Among those wishing the former king well was scandal-plagued former premier Najib Razak, who wrote in a Facebook post: "We Malaysians pray for his health and that he is protected by Allah". The ballot would then move to the next ruler on the list.

Sultan Muhammad V has made preparations to return to his home state of Kelantan. He also paid tribute to Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the government for their cooperation in governing the country. However, the king's assent is needed before the appointment of a prime minister or senior public officials.

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