Saturday, 29 September 2007

Back to July the 15th

Yves Leterme, the strongman of the Flemish christian democrats, has been appointed formateur again by king Albert this evening.
Leterme arrived at the royal castle of Ciergnon at 9.30 pm. One hour later the palace issued an official statement in which it was confirmed that the former chief minister of Flanders was designated to form the new government. The decision of the King was largely expected after royal scout Herman Van Rompuy terminated his mission to breack the deadlock in the negotations earlier in the day. Leterme, who will be 47 next week on Sunday, has already been formateur between July the 15th and August the 24th. Negotiations have not moved much forward since he had to accept the failure of his first mission.

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