Norway’s King Harald, 83, taken to hospital

Oslo: Norway’s 83-year-old King Harald V was admitted to hospital early on Friday, the palace said without disclosing details of his condition.

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The king, who has been on the throne for 29 years, is now on sick leave and Crown Prince Haakon will take over his duties temporarily, the palace said in a brief statement.

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A keen yachtsman who has taken part in regattas including the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, King Harald and is seen by Norwegians as a unifying figure.

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He has insisted he will not abdicate despite declining health that saw him spend a week in hospital in January after a bout of dizziness.

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In the early 2000s, he underwent surgery for bladder cancer and later to repair a heart valve.

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Harald became king on January 17, 1991 after the death of his father.

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