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Malaysia installs 'vocal and pro-business' Johor sultan as new king

Analysts say 65 year-old could be more involved in politics and economy

Sultan Ibrahim of Johor, left, and Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim attend an oath-taking ceremony on Jan. 31 in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo courtesy of Information Department of Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's Sultan Ibrahim, of the southern state of Johor, took the oath of office on Wednesday as the country's new king, with the monarch expected to become more influential in the country's politics and economy.

Malaysia's unique system of nine rotating rulers, called sultans or raja, sees one sovereign elected to serve as king of the Federation of Malaysia every five years. Sultan Ibrahim, 65, was elected in October last year. 

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