Malaysia’s New King Ascends The Throne During Nationally Televised Ceremony

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with a unique arrangement where the national throne changes hands every five years between royal rulers of the country’s nine state.

Malaysia on Thursday installed a new king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, after the last monarch abdicated in a historic first following his reported marriage to a Russian former beauty queen. No official reason was given for his abdication, but it was the first time a king had stepped aside before the end of his term in the Muslim-majority country.