In Belgium, the rumour mills are already buzzing about who might be the next Prime Minister, even before the country’s King has decided about the resignation of Yves Leterme’s administration. It has become something of a habit for Leterme. This time, he has offered to stand down amid claims of governmental meddling in the judiciary. Political analyst Pierre Vercauteren said: “Politically he’s been extremely weakened. It’s the fourth time he’s resigned, twice as Prime Minister and twice as Prime Minister designate. That’s a lot. Even those in his own party are saying his time is over.”
Or it could be the popular elder statesman Guy Verhofstadt, whom the King recalled to the Premier’s office when Leterme failed to put together a coalition for the second time last December.