Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state has been crowned as Malaysia’s 16th king under a unique rotating monarchy system, nearly a month after the sudden abdication of Sultan Muhammad V.

Garbed in aqua blue regalia, Sultan Abdullah, 59, took his oath of office in a ceremony Thursday in the national palace.

Nine hereditary state rulers take turns as king for five-year terms under the world’s only such system. Sultan Muhammad V, 49, abruptly resigned Jan. 6 as Malaysia’s king after just two years on the throne in the first abdication in the nation’s history. No reason was given, but it came after he reportedly married a 25-year-old former Russian beauty queen in November.

Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah salutes next to Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, center, during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah salutes next to Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, center, during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah salutes next to Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, second from left, and Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, right, during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah salutes next to Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, second from left, and Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, right, during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah salutes next to Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, right, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, second from left, and his wife Siti Hasmah during the king's welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah salutes next to Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, right, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, second from left, and his wife Siti Hasmah during the king’s welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Malaysian Royal Guard prays during a welcome ceremony for King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Royal Guard prays during a welcome ceremony for King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Kuala Lumpur Tower and flags of Malaysian states are seen during a welcome ceremony for King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Kuala Lumpur Tower and flags of Malaysian states are seen during a welcome ceremony for King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Royal Guard salute during a welcome ceremony for King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Royal Guard salute during a welcome ceremony for King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian new King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, second from left, inspects an honor guard during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian new King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, second from left, inspects an honor guard during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, right, stands before inspecting an honor guard during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, right, stands before inspecting an honor guard during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian new King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, center, inspects an honor guard during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian new King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, center, inspects an honor guard during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian new King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, second from left, inspects an honor guard during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian new King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, second from left, inspects an honor guard during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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