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Royal reflection after Belgium's PM quits

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Belgium’s king is weighing up how to deal with the country’s latest political crisis after the prime minister tendered his government’s resignation.

Yves Leterme only became premier in March, nine months after his Flemish Christian Democrats won a general election.The delay was caused by a deadlock between parties from both sides of the country’s linguistic divide.

They eventually managed to form an administration. But it has come unstuck after coalition partners failed to agree on reforms.

Analysts say the king’s options include asking Leterme’s deputy, French-speaking Didier Reynders, to form a government.

Reynders has expressed hope that a solution can be found safeguarding what has been achieved so far, on the social and economic front.
“It will take a few hours, a few days, to hopefully bring the parties back together,” he said.

There was speculation that Belgium might break apart during the last political crisis when people took to the streets to call for unity.

King Albert has yet to decide whether to accept the government’s resignation.