The new Belgian Prime Minister is set to address Parliament for the first time later this morning, with the country’s hopes for political stability resting firmly on his shoulders.
Flemish Christian Democrat Herman Van Rompuy was officially invested yesterday by the monarch. He will head a revived, but very familiar-looking, coalition of Christian Democrats, Liberals and Socialists, the same that collapsed 11 days ago over a banking bail out scandal. Media reports suggest there will be few changes at the top, with Justice Minister and Interior Minister being the main ones. But some are already asking if the new administration will have any more success than those that have gone before. Observers say Belgium’s politicians were keen to resolve the crisis in the face of a looming recession and ongoing crisis in the banking sector. The new government faces a parliamentary vote of confidence on Friday.