KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's Conference of Rulers named Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as the country's 16th King on Thursday, who serves as the constitutional head of state, state news agency Bernama reported.

Abdullah will be officially installed as King or Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan. 31, replacing his predecessor Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan state who resigned on Jan. 6.