King of Malaysia suddenly quits months after marrying Russian beauty queen

The King of Malaysia suddenly stepped down from his throne just months after marrying a 25-year-old Russian beauty queen.

Oksana Voevodina converted to Islam so she could marry King Sultan Muhammad V, 49, last November.

Little is known as to why Muhammad suddenly resigned, having spent five years on the throne, as he did not give officials a reason why.

He had just spent a few days back on his royal duties after being away for two months on medical leave.

In a statement, the palace said the king was grateful for the opportunity given to him by the Council of Rulers and thanked the prime minister and government.

A statement from the palace said: “His Highness has worked towards fulfilling his responsibilities entrusted to him as the head of state, serving as a pillar of stability, source of justice, the core of unity … for the people.”

It is not known how the pair met and it is unclear whether she has been married before.

The palace did not respond to requests for comment on the photos or reports of a marriage.

But previous newspaper reports shown Oksana on a reality TV show taking part in a steamy scene in a swimming pool.

Pro-Kremlin newspaper Komosomolskaya Pravda reported the “royal wife” clutched a Champagne glass as she “surprised the participants of a reality show by having sex on her first date.”

The New Straits Times reported there had been tensions between the palace and the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who led the opposition to an election win in May.

This marks the first time a Malaysian monarch has quit before completing their five-year term.

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and the king assumes a largely ceremonial role, including as the custodian of Islam in the Muslim-majority country.

However, the king’s assent is needed before the appointment of a prime minister or senior public officials.

Malaysia has nine royal households, who typically take turns to sit on the throne, and the selection of the next king is decided by a vote in the Council of Rulers, made up of all nine royal households.

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