Difficult debate on a government accord

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The negotiations on a draft government accord are proceeding with great difficulty, according to a source within the liberal party.

The negotiations on a draft government accord are proceeding with great difficulty, according to a source within the liberal party.

Yves Leterme (Flemish Christian democrat) is to take over as Prime Minister from Guy Verhofstadt (Flemish liberal) next week.

He convened with the chairs of the five majority parties in the current interim government Saturday morning. Yves Leterme was unable to broker consensus on several issues.

Yves Leterme and the five chairs of the majority parties have been together since 10 am Saturday. Their negotiations will continue Sunday. It is far from certain that concrete results will be reached at all this weekend.

Many parties are planning party congresses Wednesday, so a draft accord must be clinched in the coming days. Mr Leterme is due to present his government accord to parliament on Thursday.

After an interruption of negotiations this past Thursday and Friday, to allow Vice PM Didier Reynders to attend the European summit and to permit Yves Leterme to undergo some medical care in Leuven University Hospital, the debates on the judiciary and immigration resumed Saturday.

According to liberal party sources, the negotiations are tedious and difficult.

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