N-VA will not (yet) join Leterme government

26th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

Flemish nationalist N-VA party has decided not to join the government of Yves Leterme

The Flemish nationalist N-VA party has decided not to join the government of Yves Leterme (Flemish Christian democrat). The party executive of the N-VA found the accord reached by the so-called Committee of Wise Men too vague. The N-VA is planning to stay in the cartel with the Flemish Christian democrat CD&V party of Yves Leterme. The party executive read through the texts on the state reforms Monday morning. Many questions arose at the reading of the texts and they were discussed with Etienne Schouppe, chairman of the CD&V. N-VA chairman Bart De Wever convened his party executive again this afternoon. Mr De Wever finds the second phase of the state reforms too vague. "We will therefore not be able to join the definitive government with Yves Leterme as Prime Minister from March 20," is the party's conclusion. According to the N-VA the accord does not contain enough guarantees for a major state reform. The cartel partner of PM to be Leterme will abstain during the vote of confidence in the Leterme government. Bart De Wever refutes allegations that there is a fracture in the CD&V/N-VA cartel. flandersnews.be

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