Doctors tell king to cut down activities
26 September 2007, BRUSSELS (AFP) - Doctors told Belgian King Albert II on Wednesday to cut back on his activities, just as the monarch is playing a key role in resolving a political crisis in the country.
26 September 2007
BRUSSELS (AFP) - Doctors told Belgian King Albert II on Wednesday to cut back on his activities, just as the monarch is playing a key role in resolving a political crisis in the country.
"The king is not ill," said palace spokesman Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw.
"But he has not had the chance to complete his convalescence since his operation in June. Therefore he will limit himself to political contacts and external relations. His state visit planned in Ireland in October has not been put in doubt," he told AFP.
King Albert, 73, broke his hip in a fall in the grounds of his Laeken palace in Brussels in June.
His myriad civic duties, such as opening hospitals and meeting local officials, will be put on hold for the time being.
A palace statement said the king would concentrate mainly on his meetings aimed at forming a coalition government, something the political parties in Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia have been unable to do more than three months after a general election.
"After the formation of the government, the king will really have to complete his convalescence," the palace added.
Since the elections on 10 June, the king has increased his meetings with political leaders in attempts to solve the political crisis.
[Copyright AFP 2007]
Subject: Belgian news