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It may have taken a mere 535 days but at last Belgium is to get a government!

Thursday, 1 December 2011
Yes, you did indeed read that headline correctly - Belgium is, at last, to get a government - a mere 535 days after the inconclusive elections in June 2010.

The news Belgium has long been waiting for broke late yesterday evening after the country's politicians agreed the last details of a 185-page deal that will guide them for the remaining two-and-a-half years of their mandate - before MORE elections are due and the negotiation process will no-doubt restart.

The six-party coalition government led by French-speaking Socialist leader Elio Di Rupo, left, is expected to be sworn in on Monday, with Di Rupo set to become only the country’s second Francophone prime minister since 1974.

You've got to hand it to the Belgians though - the new longest government formation record of 535 days is really going to take some beating…



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