Belgium’s King Albert has urged the caretaker government to draft a deficit reducing budget to calm markets as the country’s political crisis continues.
Belgium is under pressure from financial institutions, which believe the deadlock prevents the country from effectively dealing with its massive debt.
A caretaker government, led by Yves Leterme, has been running the country for almost seven months.
The king also rejected the resignation of Johan Vande Lanotte, the mediator charged with forming a new coalition.
Lanotte handed in his notice last week after two Flemish parties rejected a plan to further decentralise power from Brussels to the regions, the Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south.