Malaysia names new king
Malaysian royals on Thursday met to choose a new king after the previous monarch abdicated his post following his reported marriage to a Russian beauty queen, local media reported.
Nine Malay royals chose Sultan Abdullah of Pahang state as the new king for five years, daily Star reported.
HE IS A MEMBER OF FIFA
Sultan Abdullah, 59, is an avid sportsman and a member of the FIFA council.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with a federal representative character. The king is the ceremonial head while the prime minister oversees daily governance.
On Jan. 6, former Sultan Muhammad V rendered a shock resignation, a first in Malaysian history.
The new king is expected to be sworn in on Jan. 31, BBC reported.