BUB wants referendum on country's future

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22 August 2007, BRUSSELS – The Belgische Unie - Union Belge (BUB), the centrist party for national unity, wants a referendum on the future of the country.

22 August 2007

BRUSSELS – The Belgische Unie - Union Belge (BUB), the centrist party for national unity, wants a referendum on the future of the country.

Every resident would be asked to choose either unitarism (single government, single Parliament for the whole country), federalism (the current system) or separatism. The referendum could best take place in May 2009, just before the regional elections. In the meantime an interim government should lead the country.

The BUB says a referendum is the only solution to the impasse facing the country at the moment. The referendum would be organised in two rounds. Only the national result would count, a simple majority would be decisive, and participation would be compulsory for all Belgians.

An independent committee should also be appointed to monitor that every option – unitarism, federalism, and separatism – would receive equal media coverage.

The BUB says that a transition government, led for example by Didier Reynders, could prepare the referendum and give the unitarist camp the opportunity to prepare as well.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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