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Malaysia's king abdicates in unexpected and rare move

January 6, 2019 12:53 PM
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Malaysia's king abdicates in unexpected and rare move

FILE - In this July 17, 2018, file photo, Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V salutes during the national anthem at the opening of the 14th parliament session at the Parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Muhammad V has abdicated in an unexpected and rare move, just after two years on the throne. The palace said in a statement on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, that Sultan Muhammad V, 49, has resigned with immediate effect, cutting short his five-year term, without giving any reasons. Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of northeast Kelantan state, was installed in December 2016 as one of the country's youngest constitutional monarchs. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun, File)

FILE - In this July 17, 2018 file photo, Malaysia King Sultan Muhammad V delivers the opening speech during the opening of the 14th parliament session at the Parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Muhammad V has abdicated in an unexpected and rare move, after just two years on the throne. The p...

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