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WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) – President Barack Obama sent best wishes to Belgium’s new King Philippe on Sunday after the abdication of his father, Albert II.

“On behalf of the American people, the president congratulates His Majesty King Philippe on the occasion of his investiture as King of the Belgians,” the White House said in a statement.

Philippe, 53, was sworn into office by the joint houses of parliament shortly after Albert,79, stepped down, citing failing health.

The White House said: “The president also sends his heartfelt appreciation to King Albert II for his warmth, service and leadership as he steps down after nearly 20 years.”

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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