Van Rompuy meets party leaders
Eighty-eight days after the elections, some parties are not very optimistic about Van Rompuy’s chances of forming a new federal government.
BRUSSELS - Herman van Rompuy, appointed by King Albert last week to explore the possibilities of breaking the deadlock in the government formation talks, extended his political consultations on Thursday. He had meetings with Open VLD chairman Bart Somers, N-VA chairman Bart De Wever and cdH chairwoman Joëlle Milquet. The annoucement was made by his spokesman Tom Monballiu.
Van Rompuy stated on Wednesday that he would study the content of various proposals with the orange-blue parties (CD&V and the Liberal party). He was working on these proposals yesterday afternoon. By the end of this week he hopes to get more clarification on these proposals.
Meanwhile, 88 days after the elections, some parties are not very optimistic about Van Rompuy’s chances of succeeding. All possibilities have by now been practically exhausted, was the comment on Thursday from one of the orange-blue parties.
After his failed discussions with the green party Ecolo, Van Rompuy apparently examined the options of forming a tripartite made up of the CD&V, the Liberal party and the PS, but it seems that he got a definite ‘njet’ on this from the MR. Open VLD is also unwilling to consider a classical three-party structure.
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7 September 2007
Subject: Belgian news