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Belgium's King Albert calls on minister to save coalition

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Belgium’s King Albert has asked finance minister Didier Reynders to come to the rescue of the country’s ruling coalition government.

Prime Minister Yves Lerterme tendered his government’s resignation on Thursday after deep splits between Dutch and French speaking parties finally cracked. That concerned a row about electoral boundaries around Brussels. So far the King has been keen to resolve the impasse, hoping Reynders can lead reconciliation talks and breathe new life into the coalition.

There is concern the political standoff may damage Belgium’s fragile economy and efforts to tackle its large public debt. The country is also due to take over the EU’s six month rotating presidency latter this year.