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Belgian king took the example of the Queen of the Netherlands Albert II abdicated for health reasons. On Wednesday evening, the King of Belgium Albert II in an address to the nation announced a voluntary abdication. At this step, he went on medical grounds. The inauguration of the new president 53-year-old Philip held on July [...]

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The Belgian monarchy is largely a ceremonial position, but Albert had in recent years been forced into playing a mediator role when his increasingly divided kingdom of 10.5m people found itself without a government for a record 541 days during political deadlock between representatives in northern, Dutch-speaking Flanders and southern, French-speaking Wallonia. Belgium’s sole national [...]

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