22 Nov '11, 4am

526 days without a government and counting: Belgium in crisis as would-be PM quits

526 days without a government and counting: Belgium in crisis as would-be PM quits

In this Aug 30, 2010 file photo, government negotiator and Francophone Socialist leader Elio Di Rupo gestures as he addresses the media at the Federal Parliament in Brussels. The government broker trying to end Belgium's world record government stalemate has offered to resign, plunging the negotiations to new depths. -- PHOTO: AP BRUSSELS (AFP) - The man tasked with ending Belgium's record political crisis, by finally putting a government together, threw in the towel on Monday after talks collapsed over budget cuts to counter the euro zone debt crisis. As Belgium hit 526 days without a government, Socialist leader Elio Di Rupo offered his resignation to King Albert II, who delayed any decision and exhorted politicians to find a rapid solution for the sake of the kingdom. The king 'recalls the gravity of the current situation and underlines that the defence of the general i...

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