Belgian king appoints head of Flemish liberals to lead coalition talks

Belgian king appoints head of Flemish liberals to lead coalition talks

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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