Malaysia elects new king after shock abdication

Then-Prince Regent Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah pictured in early January 2019.

(CNN)Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the ruler of the Malaysia state of Pahang, was named the country's new king Thursday following the shock abdication of Sultan Muhammad V earlier this month.

The leaders of Malaysia's royal houses, known as the Conference of Rulers, elected the 59-year-old Sultan Abdullah to a five year term under a system of rotational monarchy that is unique to Malaysia.
Muhammad V, 49, abdicated after just two years on the throne.