Malaysia’s 16th King takes oath in Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur: Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmed Shah took oath as the 16th King of Malaysia at the National Palace here on Thursday for a term of five years, after his predecessor, Sultan Muhammad V stepped down suddenly on January 6 after two years in office.

The new King or `Yang di-Pertuan Agong` hails from Pahang and is tasked with overseeing key appointments as the head of the state and commander of the armed forces, reports Al Jazeera.

He was also accorded a 21-gun salute at Parliament building ahead of Thursday`s coronation. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, which has nine royal families. The families take turns to elect the King through a vote in the Council of Rulers as part of a rotational system agreed on in 1957.

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