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Europe
Belgium's King Albert II Abdicates
2013-07-04
[An Nahar] Belgium's King Albert II announced his abdication Wednesday in favor of his son, saying that after two decades at the helm of the tiny country he felt too old and frail to continue.

"I intend to abdicate on July 21," Belgium's national day, the sovereign said in a broadcast to the nation from the royal palace.

"After 29 years of reigning, I believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation."

"Prince Philippe is well prepared. He and Princess Mathilde have my entire confidence," Albert said in the short speech, read first in French then in Phlegmish, Belgium's two main languages.
Posted by:Fred

#4  ...saying that after two decades at the helm of the tiny country he felt too old and frail to continue

Perhaps King Albert has been spending too much time in the can.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196   2013-07-04 16:47  

#3  It's all because of the Flemish uprising. The Phlegms were coming for him.
Posted by: ed in texas   2013-07-04 10:45  

#2  I see whut You did thar
Posted by: Frank G   2013-07-04 08:25  

#1  Voluntarily, not canned.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-07-04 07:40  

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