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Belgians turn to king amid political crisis

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Belgians turn to king amid political crisis


The focus in Belgium remains firmly fixed on the king as he tries to figure out a solution to the current political crisis.

Albert II has still neither accepted nor refused Monday’s offer of resignation from Prime Minister Yves Leterme.

Emergency talks continue at the royal palace with Belgium’s political leaders. Many of them still believe Leterme is the man to break the deadlock.

Former Prime Minister Mark Eyskens, a senior member of Leterme’s Christian-Democrat party, says he should take a strong speech and a solid coalition agreement to parliament. There, he should ask for a vote of confidence that, with the size of his coalition’s majority, Eyskens believes he will win.

Leterme tendered his resignation after failing to push through measures to give greater autonomy to Belgium’s French- and Dutch-speaking regions.

Next week sees a national holiday to mark the anniversary of the coronation of Belgium’s first king, Leopold I. Belgians are now looking to Leopold’s great-great-grandson to help forge the country’s future.

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