Di Rupo sworn in as Wallonian Premier

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6 October 2005, BRUSSELS — Socialist PS leader Elio di Rupo was sworn in as Wallonian Premier by both the Wallonian Parliament and King Albert II on Thursday.

6 October 2005

BRUSSELS — Socialist PS leader Elio di Rupo was sworn in as Wallonian Premier by both the Wallonian Parliament and King Albert II on Thursday.

The Francophone Socialist officially took up the office of Premier while retaining his PS leadership after the party changed its statutes to allow him to hold both positions.

Di Rupo departed from the Wallonian Parliament for the Royal Palace immediately after being sworn in on Thursday morning.

His predecessor, Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe, returns to the benches as an MP having resigned following a corruption scandal within the social housing trust La Carolorégienne.

Meanwhile, Van Cauwenberghe hit out at a PS meeting in Fleurus on Wednesday night, saying it was especially a "lynch party of the media" that led to his resignation last week.

Three PS party members are accused of fraud at the La Carolorégienne social housing project, one of whom has been arrested.

The scandal has rocked the Socialist party and Wallonian politics, eventually leading to Van Cauwenberghe's resignation.

Di Rupo has since promised a policy of zero tolerance, saying "a social housing company is made for social housing".

"We have to make sure we investigate this at every level, in every nook of the PS. I believe our behaviour should on all points conform to our values and we can't justify any breach when it comes to that," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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