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New Belgian government sworn in after months of talks

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New Belgian government sworn in after months of talks


After five months of talks, a new centre-right Belgian government has been sworn in.

At the age of 38 francophone Charles Michel is the country’s youngest prime minister since 1841.

He has put together a four-party coalition, which brings a Flemish separatist party into government for the first time.

The Socialists are excluded from governing for the first time in 26 years and there is just one French-speaking party.

Francophone Didier Reynders has been named foreign minister of this linguistically divided country, while Jan Jambon from the Flemish party N-VA will be the interior minister.

The coalition was formed after the Flemish party softened its demands for greater autonomy for Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north.

With 65 Flemish MPs and just 20 French-speakers in the government, some media have dubbed it the “kamikaze coalition”, saying tension is likely.

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