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Belgium's political crisis deepens - Leterme resigns

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Belgium's political crisis deepens - Leterme resigns


Belgium’s Prime Minister in waiting, Yves Leterme has resigned, after failing to form a government. Leterme’s Flemish Christian Democrats made big gains in Belgian general elections in June.

But efforts to unite with other parties have been hampered by a major difference of opinion on policy split down cultural and linguistic lines. Flemish-speaking politicians from Flanders wanted to devolve more power to the regions, something their Francophone counterparts in Wallonia strongly oppose.

King Albert the second dissolved the negotiations to form a government last week, hoping private meetings could resolve the impasse. He now has to decide whether to name a new coalition negotiator, or appoint a mediator to find a middle ground between the two sides.

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