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Malaysia's king abruptly steps down

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 (KUNA) -- Malaysia's King Muhammad V resigned on Sunday without citing reasons, the first time a monarch has vacated his throne before the end of a five-year tenure.
The resignation of Malaysia's 15th king took effect immediately, the National Palace said in a statement, without providing any justification.
"His Highness has worked towards fulfilling his responsibilities entrusted to him as the head of state, serving as a pillar of stability, source of justice and the core of unity," the statement said.
Malaysia has nine royal households, who typically alternate to sit on the throne. (end) aab.nam


Malaysia's king abruptly steps down

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