75 pc of Walloons don't like Leterme
16 August 2007, BRUSSELS – Half of the Belgians do not support new elections if Leterme is unable to form a new government by the beginning of October. A survey by the newspaper La Libre Belgique indicates that three-quarters of the Walloons are opposed to Leterme as prime minister.
16 August 2007
BRUSSELS – Half of the Belgians do not support new elections if Leterme is unable to form a new government by the beginning of October. A survey by the newspaper La Libre Belgique indicates that three-quarters of the Walloons are opposed to Leterme as prime minister.
Leterme's biggest critics are in Namur, where no less than 88.64 percent of the population thinks the Flemish Christian democrat is incapable of leading the country. They are followed by the residents of Luxemburg (79.17 percent) and Liege (73 percent).
Leterme's approval rating does not exceed 27 percent in any francophone province as a matter of fact. Even in Brussels only 25 percent of the population looks forward to him as prime minister.
The difference with Flanders could hardly be greater. In Antwerp 75.51 percent of those who responded to the survey said they would be happy with Leterme as prime minister. This figure was 75 percent in Oost-Vlaanderen and 68.29 percent in Limburg.
La Libre Belgique also asked Belgians which other Fleming from a list of four they would prefer as prime minister. 2.92 percent chose Herman van Rompuy, 12.53 percent chose Jean-Luc Dehaene, 14.20 percent chose Johan Vande Lanotte and an overwhelming 60.54 percent said they would like to see Guy Verhofstadt return.
To the question of which francophone they would like to see as prime minister, 8.98 chose Joëlle Milquet, 26.72 percent chose Elio Di Rupo, 26.72 percent chose Didier Reynders and 27.77 percent chose Louis Michel.
51.67 percent of respondents said there should be alternating Dutch-speaking and francophone prime ministers. Just less than half (49.22 percent) thinks that state reform should be a priority in the government formation process.
Finally, 48.82 percent of the Belgians supports new elections if no new government is formed by October. 37.35 percent says that negotiations should continue if that is the case, and 13.82 wants a far-reaching division between Flanders and Wallonia if no government has been formed by October.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news