KUALA LUMPUR - Any hope of a swift resolution to the vacant seat of Malaysia's king was dashed when the country's state monarchs decided they will elect a new king only on Jan 24, despite having met on Monday following the sudden resignation of Kelantan's Sultan Muhammad V as the head of state.
In the past, the process had been relatively straightforward, given that a rotational order among the nine Malay royal houses set out in the Federal Constitution and the regulations of the Conference of Rulers has not been disturbed.
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