Posted on Sep 09, 2020
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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