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King Muhammad of Malaysia abdicates

The King of Malaysia has abdicated after just two years on the throne.

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Malaysian officials confirmed the news this afternoon following weeks of speculation about Sultan Muhammad V’s future.

The King recently took a leave of absence from his role, and has been rocked by rumours that he had married a former Russian beauty queen.

The statement from the Royal Household read: “His majesty tells the people of Malaysia to continue to be united to maintain unity, tolerance, and work together.”

No reason was given as to why Sultan Muhammad has stepped down.

The 49-year-old ascended the throne in 2016.