Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Nigeria mosque blast: Scores die in attack during prayers in Kano

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Sarko Bites Back: Ex-President Determined to Reclaim UMP Leadership

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

No Deal: Iran Nuclear Talks End Without Agreement

Read more

FASHION

"Cloakroom Vestiaire Obligatoire" a tender and hypnotic performance by Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard.

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Learning the language of love

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Burkina Faso: Calls for probe into 1998 murder of journalist

Read more

FOCUS

Is this the end of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement'?

Read more

#THE 51%

France marks 40th anniversary of abortion laws

Read more

#TECH 24

Virtual insanity? Artist to 'experience life' through Oculus Rift headset for 28 days

Read more

Europe

Francophone leader favoured to form government

Video by Shirli SITBON

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-09

Still without a viable ruling coalition, Belgium's King Albert II has asked Elio Di Rupo (photo) of the francophone Socialist Party to examine forming a new government. If successful he would be the first francophone leader for more than 30 years.

AFP - Belgian King Albert II on Thursday asked Elio Di Rupo to explore ways to form a new government in what would be a first for a francophone in more than 30 years, the royal palace said in a statement.
  
"The king received in audience PS (francophone Socialist Party) president Elio Di Rupo. The king tasked him with taking first steps to form (a government). Mr Di Rupo accepted the mission," the statement said.
  
Di Rupo has been considered favourite to replace Prime Minister Yves Leterme, a Christian Democrat, after the snap June 13 election in which his socialists did well in the francophone part of the country.
  
Belgium's last, five-party, coalition government fell after a key Flemish party walked out in frustration over a lack of movement on some of the knottiest inter-communal problems, prompting the early elections.
  
Should Di Rupo succeed in forming a government it would be a first for a francophone since Paul Vanden Boeynants, a Brussels Christian Democrat who was prime minister from October 1978 until April 1979.
  
Earlier Thursday Flemish separatist Bart de Wever, whose party swept the election in Belgium's Dutch-speaking part, handed in a report to Albert II giving details on the chances of a viable new government coalition.
  
"There are convergences between the parties but not enough to form a government," now, he said.
  
De Wever has said he is not interested in forming a government himself.
  
A new coalition government is not expected before October.
 

Date created : 2010-07-09

COMMENT(S)