Belgium PM Di Rupo hands in cabinet resignation after poll
Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo handed his government's resignation to King Philip Monday following general elections at the weekend, the palace said in a statement.
"The king accepted the resignation and asked the government to continue in a caretaker capacity," the statement said.
The Flemish separatist N-VA won 32 percent of Sunday's vote, making it the largest party both in its Flanders heartland and the country as a whole, just ahead of Di Rupo's Socialists on 30 percent.
King Philip will now begin consultations with political leaders to see who can form a new government, of necessity a coalition in a country sharply divided into a Flemish-speaking north and French south.
In 2010, De Wever balked at cooperating with the Socialists, paving the way for Di Rupo to form a government based on three parties from each side of the language divide.
That process took a world record 541 days, which has sparked concerns of a similar timeframe this time. However, De Wever said on Sunday he would do his best to ensure that did not happen.
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