Belgium's government falls: palace
Belgium's King Albert II on Monday accepted the resignation of prime minister Yves Leterme's government, the palace said, after a failed bid to resolve a row between Flemish and French speakers.
"The king has accepted the resignation of the government," a short statement said, after finance minister Didier Reynders asked to be relieved of his three-day mission to patch up deep-seated linguistic differences.
Leterme offered to quit for a third time as premier on Friday, but the Belgian monarch reserved his judgment in a desperate effort to bring feuding Dutch-speaking and francophone parties back into coalition following a walkout by Flemish hardliners.
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