Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan resigned as the 15th Agong, or Supreme Ruler of the federation was not entirely unexpected, the National Palace said yesterday.
Rumours had been swirling that the king might step down after a rare meeting was convened amongst the country’s nine state rulers recently.
Sultan Muhammad had been on a two-month leave of absence since November, during which time reports and images surfaced that he had wedded former Russian beauty queen Oksana Voevodina in Moscow.
As recently as Friday, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed denied rumours of an abdication, saying he did not receive letters or any official indication about the possible abdication.
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