Breakthrough made in Belgian gov't formation   2011-09-16 03:05:16 FeedbackPrintRSS

BRUSSELS, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The eight Flemish and Francophone parties in Belgium reached breakthrough over the formation of a new federal government, according to a joint statement released on Thursday.

"The eight parties have together succeeded in overcoming the obstacles which have created difficulties these last few days," the statement said, adding that they have reached consensus on various aspects regarding the Bruxelles-Halle-Vilvorde (BHV), an area covering the capital and the suburbs.

Elio Di Rupo, President of the francophone Socialist Party who was designated by the Belgian King Albert II as the "formateur" applauded the agreement as the "first decisive step" over the marathon negotiations.

However, "the work is far from being finished and numerous debates have to be have to be worked out," he warned.

The country has been left without a government since June 2010 as the election failed to form a coalition government.

BHV, the only officially bilingual district has been the focus of the political negotiations between the Flemish and Francophon parties over electoral boundaries.

Though Brussels has been the capital of Flanders in the history and encircled by Flemish communities, the city which hosts principal European Union (EU) institutions as well as NATO headquarters is French-speaking.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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