Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmed Shah took oath as the 16th king of Malaysia for a term of five years here on Thursday, after his predecessor Sultan Muhammad V stepped down suddenly on January 6, 2019 after two years in office.
In a ceremony steeped in pomp and centuries of tradition, the sports-loving sultan, dressed in aqua blue formal wear, took the oath of office at the National Palace here.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and hundreds of guests decked out in Islamic finery.
Before being sworn in at the palace, the 59-year-old, who is also the ceremonial ruler of central Pahang state, was given a welcome at the national parliament and inspected a guard of honor.
Sultan Abdullah disambut selaku Ketua Negara baharu di Dataran Parlimen pic.twitter.com/Tsq4pTk1Ke
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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 states.
Malaysia’s sultans trace a lineage back to the 15th century. The king is referred to as Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or “He Who Is Made Lord.”