Belgium PM Di Rupo hands in cabinet resignation after poll

26th May 2014, Comments 0 comments

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo handed his government's resignation to King Philip Monday following general elections at the weekend, the palace said in a statement.

"The king accepted the resignation and asked the government to continue in a caretaker capacity," the statement said.

The Flemish separatist N-VA won 32 percent of Sunday's vote, making it the largest party both in its Flanders heartland and the country as a whole, just ahead of Di Rupo's Socialists on 30 percent.

King Philip will now begin consultations with political leaders to see who can form a new government, of necessity a coalition in a country sharply divided into a Flemish-speaking north and French south.

In 2010, De Wever balked at cooperating with the Socialists, paving the way for Di Rupo to form a government based on three parties from each side of the language divide.

That process took a world record 541 days, which has sparked concerns of a similar timeframe this time. However, De Wever said on Sunday he would do his best to ensure that did not happen.

© 2014 AFP

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