Sultan Abdullah will formally take over the throne on January 31 for a five-year term [Malaysia Information Ministry via AP]

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state has been named Malaysia‘s new king, replacing Sultan Muhammad V who abdicated unexpectedly after just two years on the throne.

Sultan Muhammad V, 49, resigned on January 6 as Malaysia’s 15th king, cutting short his five-year term in the first abdication in the nation’s

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