European tour for Guy Verhofstadt
Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt, is going to take a one year sabbatical when he hands over the reins of power to his presumed successor, Yves Leterme.
The Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt (Flemish liberal), is going to take a one year sabbatical when he hands over the reins of power to his presumed successor, Yves Leterme (Flemish Christian democrat) at Easter.
Mr Verhofstadt was elected to the senate in last year's general election, but will not take up his seat.
The Prime Minister intends to write and travel during the coming year.
He plans to visit a number of European cities with a long tradition of diversity.
These cities include Gdansk in Poland and Sarajevo in Bosnia.
He is also planning to write a book.
Mr Verhofstadt’s Flemish liberals did poorly in last year’s general election, but in December the Premier was asked to stay on in the job and head an interim administration after Belgium’s political parties had failed to reach agreement on a new government after six months of talks.
It is understood that Guy Verhofstadt will head the Flemish liberals' slate for the European elections in 2009.