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Photos: Malaysia inaugurates its new king in a lavish ceremony

In Malaysia, even the monarchy has term limits.

The country’s unique constitutional monarchy ensures there’s a new ruler at the throne every five years. The ceremonial ruler is rotated among nine of 13 states that have hereditary royal rulers.

In a lavish ceremony at Kuala Lumpur’s national palace on Dec. 13, 47-year-old Sultan Muhammad V became the 15th king of Malaysia. The ceremony, which was attended by prime minister Najib Razak (who is currently embroiled in a massive corruption scandal) and hundreds soldiers and Islamic prayers, was televised nationally.

Educated in the UK, the new king has a love of extreme sports such as four-wheel drive expeditions and shooting. He married Tengku Zubaidah Tengku Norudin from a royal family in Thailand’s Pattani in 2004, but the marriage ended in a divorce.

Here are photos from the ceremony:

Sultan Muhammad V, third from left, inspects a ceremonial guard of honor during his welcome ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan will serve a five-year term as King of Malaysia from Tuesday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Sultan Muhammad V, in gold formal wear, at his welcome ceremony at Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur. (AP/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian guards of honor prepare before the official welcoming ceremony of the new Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V at Parliament Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13 December 2016. Sultan Muhammad V is the 15th Malaysian King. The appointment is rotated among nine of Malaysia's 13 states that have hereditary royal rulers.  EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL
Malaysian guards of honor prepare for the ceremony of the new Malaysian king. (EPA/Fazry Ismail)
Sultan Muhammad V, center, salutes after his welcome ceremony as he walks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, right, at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan will serve a five-year term as King of Malaysia from Tuesday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Sultan Muhammad V gives a salute as he walks with Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, right, at the Parliament House. (AP/Vincent Thian)
Sultan Muhammad V, left, chats with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, center, after his welcoming ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan will serve a five-year term as King of Malaysia from Tuesday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Sultan Muhammad V, left, chats with Razak, right, and deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, center, after his ceremony. (AP/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reacts during the official welcoming ceremony of the new Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V at Parliament Square, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13 December 2016. Sultan Muhammad V is the 15th Malaysian King. The appointment is rotated among nine of Malaysia's 13 states that have hereditary royal rulers.  EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL
Razak during the ceremony welcoming the new Malaysian king. (EPA/Fazry Ismail)
Malaysia's new King, Sultan Muhammad V (R), Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (2-L) and deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi (L) pray during the official welcoming ceremony at Parliament Square, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13 December 2016. Sultan Muhammad V is the 15th Malaysian King. The appointment is rotated among nine of Malaysia's 13 states that have hereditary royal rulers.  EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL
Malaysia’s new king, right, with Rosmah Mansor (Razak’s wife), Razak, second from left, and Hamidi, left, praying during the welcoming ceremony. (EPA/Fazry Ismail)
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