Parties edge towards resolving parole conflict
22 September 2006, BRUSSELS – Liberal VLD Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and Socialist PS Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx met on Friday morning to resolve the conflict arising over the parole system controversy.
22 September 2006
BRUSSELS – Liberal VLD Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and Socialist PS Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx met on Friday morning to resolve the conflict arising over the parole system controversy.
The meeting broke the deadlock which has paralysed the government over the past two days and was in time to avert a Cabinet crises sparked by disagreement over the affair surrounding Albanian gangster Viktor Hoxha.
This "beginning of a dialogue" was described by the spokeswoman for Minister Onkelinx as "a short, serene and constructive meeting, but no solution has been reached yet".
Over the last few days the Verhofstadt's VLD party, withdrew its trust in Onkelinx threatening the existence of the coalition two weeks before the municipal elections.
The crises arose from a disagreement on the "temporary discharge prior to deportation" of an Albanian gangster showing, according to the VLD, that Onkelinx's policies were too lenient.
However, Onkelinx, with the PS party president's support, refused to stand down accusing the VLD of giving into "the Flemish repressive tendencies".
The VLD wants no more temporary releases until 2007, Onkelinx refuses to comply, and the French-speaking socialists extrapolate on the abusive safety measures sought by the Flemish liberals, reports Belgian newspaper 'Le Soir'.
After the Supreme Court gives its report on the Hoxha case, the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice will meet again next week to discuss the situation in a continuing effort to reach a compromise.
[Copyright Expatica 2006]
Subject: Belgian news