Dec. 13 - Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah is crowned Malaysia's new king -- the first in the world to preside twice under the elective monarchy system. Travis Brecher reports.
Rarely is a king crowned twice in his life. But under Malaysia's unique electoral monarchy, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah on Tuesday ascended the throne for a second time. A traditional ceremony at the State Palace in Kuala Lumpur kicks off his five-year term as king. Malaysia's nine sultans, who preside over various states, take turns as monarch. Meeting as the Conference of Rulers every five years, they elect one among them as Supreme Ruler by secret ballot. Abdul Halim first took the throne in 1970. The 84-year-old is the first Malaysian king to be elected twice to the job, and he's believed to be the first in the world. Cambodia is the only other country in the world with an elected monarch. Travis Brecher, Reuters