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Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra is new Sultan of Kelantan

KOTA BAHARU, Monday 13 September 2010 (Bernama) -- The Regent of Kelantan, Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail Petra was today proclaimed as the new Sultan of Kelantan.

The proclamation was announced by Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat at the Balai Rong Seri, Balai Besar Palace, here, at 12.30pm.

"It is hereby proclaimed, in accordance with Article 29A of the Kelantan State Constitution, that the Regent of Kelantan shall now ascend to the throne to succeed his father," Nik Aziz said.

Present were Tengku Bendahara of Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra, Council of Regency Chairman who is also Tengku Laksamana of Kelantan Tengku Abdul Halim Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim, Comptroller of the Kelantan Royal Household Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad, state dignitaries, members of parliament and assemblymen.

Nik Aziz said the Kelantan Regency Council met at 9am today at the State Secretariat at Kota Darul Naim to decide on the proclamation.

Nik Aziz also pledged the Kelantan people's undivided loyalty to the new sultan.

He later presented the instrument of proclamation to the Sultan of Kelantan at Istana Negeri in Kubang Kerian.

It is learnt that the meeting today was attended by 15 Council of Regency members.

Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra was born on Oct 6, 1969 and made the Kelantan Crown Prince in October 1985.

He has three siblings namely Tengku Bendahara Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra, Tengku Temenggong Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra and Tengku Amalin A'Ishah Putri.

On May 24 last year, the eldest prince of Sultan Ismail Petra was appointed the Regent of Kelantan.

Sultan Ismail Petra is recovering from a stroke he suffered in May last year.

MySinchew 2010.09.13


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