The search to find a new government in Belgium appears to have made some progress. The mediator appointed to find a solution - veteran politician Wilfried Martens - seemed to suggest that his negotiations are aimed at putting an administration in place until 2011, and not simply until June of next year. “It’s an enormous task, because obviously to establish a stable government you need a Prime Minister who inspires confidence,” he said.
The outgoing PM Yves Leterme handed in the resignation of the entire administration on December 19, amid accusations of trying to sway a court ruling which had a direct bearing on the government plans to rescue the stricken Fortis bank. Now observers believe two women from Leterme’s party are emerging as possible candidates. Marianne Thyssen is currently the president of the Flemish Christian Democrat party, and Inge Vervotte, at just 31, is the outgoing civil service minister. The president of the Belgian Chamber of Deputies Herman Van Rompuy is also thought to be among the front-runners.
Belgium's Mr Fixit hints at long-term govt goal