King Albert to mediate this week
12 November 2007, BRUSSELS - Belgium's King Albert intends to take an active role mediating in the impasse surrounding the government formation talks.
12 November 2007
BRUSSELS - Belgium's King Albert intends to take an active role mediating in the impasse surrounding the government formation talks.
Over 150 days after the election Belgium still has no new Federal Government.
On Sunday King Albert spoke with the Presidents of the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate, Herman Van Rompuy (Flemish Christian democrat) and Armand De Decker (Francophone liberal). The two politicians reported back on the consultations they held on Saturday with a view to creating a Committee of Wise Men and Women to prepare state reforms outside the government formation talks proper.
A Palace Communiqué reveals that King Albert will meet with party leaders on Monday and Tuesday.
King Albert clearly hopes that his intervention will help to unblock the political stalemate now that the talks involving five centre-right parties have come unstuck over the question whether or not the new government should take the leading role in introducing new state reforms.
The communiqué does not state which politicians are expected at the Palace, but they will probably be the same eight people who talked with the two Parliamentary Presidents on Saturday: the leaders of the Flemish and Francophone socialists and greens and the chief negotiators of the Flemish and Francophone liberal and Christian democrat parties.
[Copyright Flanders news 2007]
Subject: Belgian news