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UPDATED: 16:04, April 26, 2007
Malaysia holds installation ceremony for 13th king
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Malaysia on Thursday held an official installation ceremony for Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, Sultan of Terengganu state, who came to the throne as the 13th Supreme Head of State.

The hour-long ceremony steeped in Malay tradition was held Thursday morning in the Throne Room of Istana Negara, the national palace, here.

In his pledge, Tuanku Mizan, 45, vowed to govern the nation with utmost fairness in accordance with provisions in the Federal Constitution and uphold Islam, the national religion.

The king, wearing the official ceremonial attire, also pledged to ensure a just and peaceful administration in the country.

The Malay Rulers or their representatives from the nine of the total 13 states in Malaysia, members of the Royal Household, and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi attended the grand ceremony.

Also present were Cabinet Ministers, state Chief Ministers, members of the foreign diplomatic corps as well as local and foreign distinguished guests.

Tuanku Mizan was elected the 13th king at a special meeting of the Conference of Rulers last November. He was sworn in on Dec. 13 last year and will reign for a five-year period.

Usually in Malaysia, the king's installation ceremony is not held simultaneously with the swearing-in ceremony but often a few months later.

Malaysia's political system is based on the concept of parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a federal government structure.

The Malay Rulers of the nine states will be elected by the Conference of Rulers as the king for five years in rotation.

Source: Xinhua

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