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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