Belgium’s King Albert accepts the resignation of PM Yves Leterme

From the start of the Leterme I Government, the problem of the electoral district of Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde caused problems between the coalition partners.

Yves Leterme

The Constitutional Court of Belgium had judged in 2003 that the rules applying to the electoral district violated the non-discrimination principle.

When no solution was found, the Flemish liberal party Open Vld quit the coalition. Leterme offered his resignation to King Albert II of Belgium on 22 April 2010. On 26 April 2010, after a final round of consultations by Didier Reynders failed, the king accepted the resignation.

Early general elections will be held in Belgium in June 2010, likely at the earliest on 13 June 2010. Following a continued lack of agreement over how to resolve the conflict over the electoral arrondissement of Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde.

June; there are fears that coalition-building may take so long that Belgium’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, which starts on 1 July 2010, might have to start under a caretaker government.

Furthermore, according to a statement by the Flemish President of the Constitutional Court, Marc Bossuyt, the elections might be ruled unconstitutional unless the Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde arrondissement is split up beforehand, although former president of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives Herman De Croo has indicated that no court could prevent the elections to take place.

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