The leader of Belgium’s French-speaking socialists is to hold more talks with Flemish separatists on forming a coalition government.
The Belgian King Albert II made the announcement and said he would also brief party leaders as “important progress” had been made in efforts to create a workable government.
Elio Di Rupo is widely seen as a prime minister in waiting despite media speculation that he might give up on the task of building a coalition.
He will have to do business with Bart de Wever whose Flemish separatist party won June’s parliamentary election by just one seat.
Belgium has been without a formal government since April after the ruling coalition collapsed over a linguistic dispute in the region around Brussels.
The political impasse has left Belgium presiding over the rotating EU presidency with only a caretaker government chaired by outgoing prime minister Yves Leterme.