Talks postponed until Tuesday
8 November 2007, BRUSSELS - The Government formation talks between the Flemish and Francophone liberals and Christian democrats are not expected to resume before Tuesday.
8 November 2007
BRUSSELS - The Government formation talks between the Flemish and Francophone liberals and Christian democrats are not expected to resume before Tuesday.
Prime Minister designate Yves Leterme (Christian democrat) has said that he does not intend to abandon efforts to form a new government after Wednesday's controversial vote to split the Brussels Halle Vilvoorde constituency.
Mr Leterme wants a little time for the dust to settle first and anticipates that there will be a lot of posturing tomorrow when the Francophone Community Parliament votes to invoke a conflict of interest over this whole affair.
On Thursday afternoon Mr Leterme met with King Albert to report back on the events of Wednesday.
King Albert has asked Yves Leterme to continue his task so that a new Federal Government can take over as soon as possible.
A Palace communiqué said that this was “in the interest of the prosperity of all citizens, of the credibility of Belgium and the necessary cohesion of the country”.
This weekend King Albert meets the Presidents of the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate.
He does want the Flemish and Francophone liberal and Christian democrat parties to state that they want to proceed with the talks and believe in the project of a centre-right government.
Mr Leterme still hopes to bring about state reforms.
Matters that can be voted by an ordinary majority in Parliament could be on the statutes soon, but other issues for which a two-thirds majority is required will be dealt with later on and not be included in the government accord.
"Bring on the king"
The leader of the Francophone socialist party (PS) Elio Di Rupo has asked for the government formation talks between the centre-right parties to be abandoned. Mr Di Rupo, who has not been involved in the talks, took the centre-right parties under fire on Thursday.
He believes that King Albert should take an initiative and says all Francophones have been insulted.
Political observers say that the Francophone socialists are trying to make the situation look a lot worse than it is to worm themselves into the picture again.
[Copyright Flanders news 2007]
Subject: Belgian news