Belgium's Leterme appoints successor to lead party

Belgium's caretaker Prime Minister Yves Leterme said the chairwoman of his political party would lead it into a expected election, ruling himself out as prime minister for a third time.

Belgium's Leterme appoints successor to lead party

Belgium's caretaker Prime Minister Yves Leterme said on Wednesday the chairwoman of his political party would lead it into a expected election, ruling himself out as prime minister for a third time.

Marianne Thyssen, the 53-year-old chairwoman of his centre-right Flemish Christian Democratic party, CD&V, will stand in parliamentary elections that could take place in June, meaning that Leterme will not put himself forward.

"I proposed that Marianne Thyssen would be the uncontested leader of the party in the weeks and months that come and not only as president of the party but also the number one in the elections that will take place," Leterme told a news conference.

Last week, Leterme's five-month-old government collapsed after negotiators failed to break an impasse between Dutch and French speaking parties in a dispute over the electoral region around Brussels.

Belgium's King Albert accepted Leterme's resignation on Monday but asked him to stay on in a caretaker capacity.

Leterme first became prime minister in 2008 but his government lasted only a few months. He was handed the job again late last year after Herman Van Rompuy resigned to become president of the European Union.

An election in June is emerging as the most likely outcome of the crisis, although it has yet to be confirmed.


Reuters

Last Mod: 28 Nisan 2010, 16:47
Add Comment