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'Important progress' in talks to form Belgian govt

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'Important progress' in talks to form Belgian govt


The leader of Belgium’s French-speaking socialists is to hold more talks with Flemish separatists on forming a coalition government.

The Belgian King Albert II made the announcement and said he would also brief party leaders as “important progress” had been made in efforts to create a workable government.

Elio Di Rupo is widely seen as a prime minister in waiting despite media speculation that he might give up on the task of building a coalition.
He will have to do business with Bart de Wever whose Flemish separatist party won June’s parliamentary election by just one seat.

Belgium has been without a formal government since April after the ruling coalition collapsed over a linguistic dispute in the region around Brussels.

The political impasse has left Belgium presiding over the rotating EU presidency with only a caretaker government chaired by outgoing prime minister Yves Leterme.

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