Belgian coalition delivers government

After almost nine and a half months, government formation talks in Belgium have resulted in a new government. New Prime Minister Yves Leterme was sworn in by King Albert II today, together with 15 new Ministers and 7 Secretaries of State. After the election on June 10 last year, a confidence vote in the parliament in Brussels on Saturday is expected to confirm the coalition’s promise of a government in time before Easter.

In his inaugural speech, Flemish Christian Democrat Leterme replied to criticism from the media and opposition that his government’s manifest was vague and that there was no mutual trust between the coalition partners: “We want to increase the faith in the government, not with empty promises, but with specific measures, by investing in health care, the environment, safety and governmental services.”

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