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13 Jan 2019 | 09:49 PM UTC

Malaysia: Royal families to vote on new king January 24

Malaysia News Alert

Members of Malaysian royal families to vote on new king on January 24 following resignation of King Muhammad V

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/31/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur). COUNTRY/REGION Malaysia

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Members of the nine royal families of Malaysia will convene on Thursday, January 24, to vote for a new king following the resignation of King Muhammad V on Sunday, January 6. The new king will assume duties on Thursday, January 31. Associated public demonstrations following the vote cannot be ruled out.


Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with a rotating monarch serving five-year terms in a largely ceremonial role. The monarch is chosen from one of nine royal families. King Muhammad V of Kelantan unexpectedly resigned, giving no reason for the decision.


Individuals in Malaysia are advised to monitor the situation and avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution.


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