King seeks way out of political crisis in Belgium

King Albert II was attempting to resolve the political crisis in Belgium where two and a half months after the election the largest political party has been unable to form a coalition, reports said Friday.

King seeks way out of political crisis in Belgium
King Albert II was attempting to resolve the political crisis in Belgium where two and a half months after the election the largest political party has been unable to form a coalition, reports said Friday.

Yves Leterme, head of the Flemish Christian Democrats, asked to be absolved of responsibility for forming a government Thursday after last-minute crisis talks with his possible Liberal coalition partners failed.

King Albert II must now appoint somebody new to lead the negotiations on forming a government.

Leterme has been attempting to form a coalition of conservatives and liberals since mid-July.

Talks have foundered on the differences between the country's two largest linguistic groupings - the Dutch-speaking Flemings in the north and the French-speaking Walloons in the south.

Belgium's parties are at odds over a series of reforms aimed at giving more powers to the country's provinces.

Leterme's own sister-party, the francophone Christian Democrats, have balked at reforms they believe will harm the French-speaking and poorer provinces in southern Wallonia.

DPA
Last Mod: 24 Ağustos 2007, 14:19
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