Belgian government impasse looks set to drag on as key negotiator Egbert Lachaert tests positive for COVID-19

In what is becoming something of a tradition, Belgium's latest government crisis - running now for more than 600 days - looks to go the way of previous crises as key negotiator Egbert Lachaert has tested positive for COVID-19, dampening hopes that Belgium’s longest political impasse could be broken soon, co-negotiator Conner Rousseau said Wednesday.

Key politicians from six other centre-left and centre-right parties will now resort to video conferencing as they try to hammer out a government program.

Belgium currently has a minority government led by Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes, but attempts to form a majority coalition have been unsuccessful since the May 2019 elections. Belgium’s previous record for longest post-election period without a government stood at 541 days.

There had been hopes that Lachaert could bring together a coalition of socialists, liberals, greens and Christian Democrats by September 17th, but this now appears unlikely.

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Phillipe Jeune

Phillipe Jeune

Phillipe Jeune is a Paris-based freelance journalist, and an occasional contributor to EU Today. He has a background in intelligence gathering, and he specialises in business and political matters, with a particular interest in Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.

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