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Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of Malaysia’s Kelantan state, has baby boy with Russian wife Oksana Voevodina

HONG KONG — Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of the Malaysian state of Kelantan, and his Russian wife Oksana Voevodina announced the birth of their first child via Instagram on Tuesday (June 4).

Oksana Voevodina, the Russian wife of Kelantan ruler Sultan Muhammad V, announced the birth with a picture of the baby’s feet.

Oksana Voevodina, the Russian wife of Kelantan ruler Sultan Muhammad V, announced the birth with a picture of the baby’s feet.

HONG KONG — Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of the Malaysian state of Kelantan, and his Russian wife Oksana Voevodina announced the birth of their first child via Instagram on Tuesday.

The boy, named Tengku Ismail Leon Petra Tengku Muhammad V Faris Petra, was born on May 21, Ms Voevodina revealed with a post on the social media platform accompanied by a picture of the baby’s feet.

“Now there are three of us,” she wrote in the Instagram post. “Everything that I was told about the changes occurring with a woman after the birth of a baby is true. This love is special. These feelings are completely new.”

The 25-year-old former beauty queen, who married 49-year-old Sultan Muhammad V on November 22, made the announcement through a newly created Instagram account using the name Rihana Oksana Petra.

In another post accompanied by a photo of her holding her baby bump, she wrote that the pregnancy had been “the most important and … most difficult period of my life”.

“The last three months of [the] pregnancy I spent in hospitals, staying in bed with [IV drips] in both hands,” she wrote. “I had too many difficulties with [the] pregnancy. The support of my closest people and my love for my son and faith in the best helped me in that not simple time.”

Sultan Muhammad V abdicated as Malaysia’s king, or Yang di-Pertuan Agong, in January, two months after his surprise wedding to Ms Voevodina, which reportedly took place at a concert hall in Moscow.

He was replaced by Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the hereditary ruler of the central Malaysian state of Pahang and a prominent adviser to several world sporting bodies.

The agong serves as Malaysia’s head of state, not dissimilar to the role the queen plays in Britain and its territories. His role is largely ceremonial, however, as although he has extensive constitutional powers he must exercise them on the advice of the cabinet.

Under Malaysia’s unique rotational system of constitutional monarchy, the hereditary rulers of each of the country’s nine states are given a chance to be agong for five years.

These nine royals form the Conference of Rulers, along with four state governors who attend but cannot vote. SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

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