At a press conference in Brussels February 20, M. Eyskens, the Christian Social Prime Minister,?
At a press conference in Brussels February 20, M. Eyskens, the Christian Social Prime Minister, told journalists of King Baudouin's decision to dissolve Parliament forthwith and to hold elections on March 26 for the Chamber, the Senate and the nine Provincial Councils.
He said that the King - who had received him earlier that day - had refused to accept the resignation of the Liberal Ministers, and that on the proposal of the Prime Minister and the deputy Prime Minister, he had signed a decree of dissolution - and thereby ended the constitutional crisis.
This decision means that the Christian Social and Liberal coalition Government remains in office until the elections and will govern normally.
Pending the elections, no financial decrees will be issued except in cases of necessity. The austerity Bill - known as the "Loi Unique"-remains, but much of its enforcement would depend on the Government formed after the elections. M. Eyskens said that economies worth up to about GBP71 million had been decided on by Government department budgets.