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Belgium looks for new ways to tackle political crisis

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Belgium looks for new ways to tackle political crisis


Yves Leterme might well be looking for another job today after resigning as Belgium’s prime minister for the second time in three years.

His decision has left the country facing yet another crisis which could harm its economic recovery and its standing in Europe as it prepares to take over the rotating presidency.

The long-standing problem over electoral boundaries between Dutch and French speaking parties has once again caused the coalition to collapse.

But to further complicate matters, the Constitutional Court has ruled that a solution must be found before new elections can be held.

However, Belgium’s deputy prime minister, Didier Reynders, the man in charge of mediating talks last night asked to be discharged – forcing the king to come up with a new initiative.

The Flemish Liberal party sparked the latest crisis by withdrawing support for the government because of its failure to resolve the boundary dispute.

Now many people are asking again if its worth trying to keep the 180-year old country together.

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