King Albert sets deadline
14 November 2007, BRUSSELS - King Albert of the Belgians has given his two Parliamentary Presidents a week in which to come up with proposals on how to organise a dialogue between the Flemings and Francophones to prepare state reforms.
14 November 2007
BRUSSELS - King Albert of the Belgians has given his two Parliamentary Presidents a week in which to come up with proposals on how to organise a dialogue between the Flemings and Francophones to prepare state reforms.
The Belgian head of state met with the President of the Chamber of Representatives Herman Van Rompuy (Flemish Christian democrat) and Senate President President Armand De Decker (Francophone liberal) on Tuesday.
The proposals are supposed to lead to greater cohesion between the various communities in this increasingly divided land.
Over 150 days after the election Belgium still has no new Federal Government.
Formal talks between the centre-right parties have been abandoned but behind the scenes Prime Minister designate Yves Leterme (Flemish Christian democrat) is still in contact with the leaders of the Flemish and Francophone liberals and Christian democrats.
King Albert spoke with the Presidents of left wing parties, the socialists and the greens, earlier this week, but they are reluctant to help out a centre-right government from the opposition benches and supply votes for a two-thirds majority needed to introduce state reforms.
The king remains optimistic and believes they are prepared to take part in a dialogue.
Mr Leterme's party and its Flemish nationalist alliance partner, the largest grouping in the Belgian Parliament, want to hear the Parliamentary Presidents proposals before deciding whether or not the proposed liberal/Christian democrat administration still stands a chance.
[Copyright Flanders news 2007]
Subject: Belgian news