The incoming 16th King of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah. Photo: AFP

Malaysia’s new king ascends the throne during nationally televised ceremony

  • 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 state
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The incoming 16th King of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah. Photo: AFP
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Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is tipped to take the throne. Photo: AP

Malaysia’s next king: Islam’s defender, political tightrope walker (just ask Mahathir Mohamad)

  • Malaysia’s hereditary rulers are about to elect a new king. Here’s what powers he’ll have, how he’s elected and why he might want to be careful around the prime minister
  • Pahang’s Sultan Abdullah is the favourite, but Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar is also in with a shot
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Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is tipped to take the throne. Photo: AP
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