ALOR SETAR - The Raja Muda of Kedah, Tunku Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, has been announced as the new Sultan of Kedah to succeed his elder brother, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.

The proclamation of the new sultan was read out by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah at Istana Anak Bukit in keeping with a decision of the Royal Council of Ascension.

Sultan Abdul Halim passed away at 2.30 pm yesterday at Istana Anak Bukit.

Article Nine of the Kedah State Constitution provides for the Royal Council of Ascension to determine the successor of the Kedah throne upon the demise of the reigning sultan. The menteri besar is the president of the council.

Following the proclamation, the Comptroller of the Royal Household/Principal Private Secretary of the Sultan of Kedah, Datuk Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah, invited Tunku Sallehuddin to take his seat on the throne placed at Dewan Penghadapan.

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