On Tuesday Belgium’s King Philippe asked Egbert Lachaert, leader of the Flemish liberal party Open VLD, for forming a coalition government.
The king had held talks with party leaders since an attempt to form a government by Bart De Wever of the Flemish nationalist N-VA and Paul Magnette of the French-speaking Socialists collapsed last week.
Belgium has been without a fully functioning government for more than 600 days, since Charles Michel resigned as prime minister in December 2018. On September 17, the minority government led by Sophie Wilmès will face a vote of confidence in parliament. Since March, Wilmès’ government has been granted special powers to manage the coronavirus crisis, which lawmakers accepted on the condition that Wilmès hold a confidence vote six months later.
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