Malaysian King's resignation averts crisis but could spark new tensions

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A crisis for Malaysia's constitutional monarchy, involving the government as well as the rulers of the country's nine royal households, was averted on Sunday (Jan 6) with the unprecedented resignation of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V as the king or the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as he is officially called.

But the appointment of a new monarch in the coming weeks by the Conference of Rulers still leaves open the prospect of tensions between the sultans and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government.

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