Belgian PM quits, coalition topples

22nd April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme resigned Thursday after a key Flemish party withdrew its support and toppled his coalition government, a senior minister announced.

"There was no other choice but for the government to resign," Finance Minister Didier Reynders told reporters after the Flemish liberal Open VLD party pulled out of the five-party coalition.

Open VLD were frustrated by the failure to solve a long-running dispute between Belgium's Dutch-speaking and Francophone communities.

© 2010 AFP

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