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Belgian king to abdicate in favor of crown prince

END OF AN ERA:Belgium’s King Albert has been praised for ruling with enthusiasm and bringing stability at a time when Wallonia and Flanders are drifting further apart

AP, BRUSSELS

Di Rupo said Albert won over people “thanks to enthusiasm, sense of humor and attitude.”

It was no secret that the years were taking their toll on Albert. The king had become increasingly frail, sometimes relying on a walking stick.

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