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Belgian mediator fails to produce new government in seventh attempt

Other News Materials 12 May 2011 20:32
The seventh attempt at solving Belgium's political deadlock failed Thursday, with the latest mediator on asking King Albert II to be relieved of his duties.
Belgian mediator fails to produce new government in seventh attempt

The seventh attempt at solving Belgium's political deadlock failed Thursday, with the latest mediator on asking King Albert II to be relieved of his duties, dpa reported.

The monarch would make a decision following "consultations," the royal palace said in a statement.

Wouter Beke, chairman of the Dutch-speaking conservative party CD&V was appointed "royal negotiator" in March. Politicians from four other parties and the two houses of parliament have also failed to forge a compromise between Dutch and French-speaking parties.

The political standstill since June elections has won Belgium a world record for going the longest without a government in times of peace.

The leader of the French-speaking Socialist Party, Elio di Rupo, is likely to take over from Beke, Belgian media reported. Rupo had already attempted to broker a deal last year.

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