Malaysia has enthroned a new king after an historic abdication of the immediate past king, who left his throne allegedly to marry a Russian ex beauty queen.
In a ceremony which was attended by the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and televised nationally, the new king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah took the oath of office at the national palace in Kuala Lumpur. Noticeably dressed in aqua blue formal wear, the 59-year-old was given a welcome at the national parliament and inspected a guard of honor.
There were hundreds of guest who graced this historic occasion mostly dressed in fine Islamic attires. From politicians, diplomats and celebrities where all present to honor the new king.
The king is also the symbolic head of Islam in the nation, as well as the nominal chief of the military.
As the nominal chief of the military and the symbolic head of Islam, the King of Malaysia is the highest ceremonial ruler in the country. This position is highly revered amongst Muslims and all, as Islam the major religious group in the country.
Sultan Muhammad V, who happens to be the predecessor relinquished his position as king after two years on the throne. Initially it was believed he had gone on medical leave, with later news turning out as marriage as the reason for leaving the throne. Though this allegations have not been made official as all news surrounding this can still be based on rumors.
Known for this love for sport, the new king Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is known to have been a member and headed many sporting organizations. Some of them includes him being the president of the Asian Hockey Association, council of world football governing body FIFA and once occupied the position of the head of the Football Association of Malaysia.