Belgium's three-month Government crisis ended on Thursday morning (25 April) when a new Centre-Right minority coalition Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Leo Tindemans was sworn in by King Baudouin at Laeken Castle.
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Background: Belgium's three-month Government crisis ended on Thursday morning (25 April) when a new Centre-Right minority coalition Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Leo Tindemans was sworn in by King Baudouin at Laeken Castle.
The administration of Social Christians and right-wing liberals has 25 members -- 19 Ministers and six Secretaries of State. deal with It succeeds the outgoing grad coalition of Social Christians, socialists and liberals which collapsed last January when an oil refinery deal with Iran fell through.
The new coalition faces a hazardous parliamentary future. It will have only 102 seats in the lower chamber of Parliament, five short of a majority. The Socialist Party, second biggest party in Belgium after the Social Christians, is threatening to take a tough line in opposition. This leaves the fate of the new coalition of Leo Tindemans in the hands of the federalist parties which want local autonomy for French speaking Wallonia and Dutch speaking Flanders.
If they join the socialists in opposition, then Belgium could very soon see the collapse of its 22nd Government since liberation from German occupation at the end of World War II.