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Belgium government goes back to business after PM appointed

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Belgium government goes back to business after PM appointed


In Belgium King Albert II has appointed a new cabinet.

The government will be headed by Socialist leader, Elio Di Rupo, the first native French speaking prime minister of Belgium since 1979.

His six-party coalition has already lost a year and a half of its four year term and comes to power facing pressure from financial markets and ratings agencies to carry out structural reforms and reduce debt.

Last month, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded Belgium’s credit rating to AA from AA+, which could make it more expensive for the country to borrow in future.

The new government will have to satisfy demands of the Dutch-speaking Flemish majority for devolution of further powers to Belgium’s regions.

A poll in a national newspaper showed just 29 percent of Flemish people have confidence in Di Rupo while 69 percent in French speaking Wallonia backed him.

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