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Saturday, July 24, 1999 Published at 00:26 GMT 01:26 UK

World: Africa

Full text: Crown Prince's TV address

Crown Prince Mohamed Sidi (left) succeeds his father to the throne

Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed of Morocco announced on Friday, 23 July that King Hassan II had died of a heart attack.

His speech was broadcast live on Moroccan TV at 2040 GMT.

Crown Prince Sidi Mohamed (in Arabic)
"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

"From a heart that believes in God's rule and fate, I announce to the noble Moroccan people, the Arab and Islamic nation and the whole world the death of a great leader, a great world leader and one of the great kings of Morocco, His Majesty Late King Hassan II, may God bless his soul, on Friday at 1630 [local time] following a heart attack, which resulted from complications which could not be treated.

"On this sad occasion, I offer my condolences to the loyal Moroccan people who have always expressed their sincere love to this courageous king.

"I also call upon them to be patient and remain composed. "

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