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    BELGIUM HAS A PRIME MINISTER - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE WEEKS. HE IS?

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    BELGIUM HAS A PRIME MINISTER - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE WEEKS. HE IS M. PAUL VANDEN BUEYNANTS, THE 47-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIAL CHRISTIAN PARTY.

    THE FORMATION OF THE CABINET ENDS A 37-DAY CRISIS FOLLOWING THE BREAK UP OF COALITION BETWEEN THE SOCIAL CHRISTIANS (CATHOLICS) AND THE SOCIALISTS. THE NEW ADMINISTRATION IS A COALITION BETWEEN THE SOCIAL CHRISTIANS AND THE LIBERALS.

    IN DEFERENCE TO THE RIVALRY BETWEEN BELGIUM'S TWO LANGUAGE GROUPS, THE CABINET IS COMPOSED OF NINE FLEMISH SPEAKERS, NINE FRENCH SPEAKERS, FIVE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BI-LINGUAL BRUSSELS POPULATION AND ONE NON-PARTY TECHNICIAN.

    THE NEW FOREIGN MINISTER IS MR. PIERRE HARMEL, A FORMER SOCIAL CHRISTIAN PRIME MINISTER AND THE NEW AGRICULTURAL MINISTER IS MR. CHARLES HEGER, ANOTHER SOCIAL CHRISTIAN.

    THE NEW GOVERNMENT FACES THE GRUELLING TASKS OF EASING THE NATION'S BITTER LANGUAGE WAR AND REHABILITATING ITS STRAINED FINANCES. TO ACHIEVE THEM, IT WILL HAVE TO FACE POWERFUL OPPOSITION. IN THE ECONOMIC FIELD IT WILL FIND DETERMINED OPPONENTS IN THE SOCIALISTS, THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST PARTY AFTER THE SOCIAL CHRISTIANS. THE COALITION BETWEEN THE SOCIALISTS AND SOCIAL CHRISTIAN BROKE UP AFTER MONTHS OF ECONOMICS, FINANCIAL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL BICKERING.

    AS FOR THE LANGUAGE WAR BOTH THE FLEMISH RIGHTWING EXTREME NATIONALISTS AND THE SIMILARLY EXTREME FRENCH-SPEAKING LEFT-WINGERS - BOTH FEDERALISTS OR SEPARATISTS --ARE LIKELY TO OPPOSE THE GOVERNMENT WHICH THEY REGARD AS THE OLD FASHIONED CHAMPIONS OF THE PRESENT BELGIAN STATE THEY BELIEVE DOOMED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA51QF4BU3M9B0KXQVCQZP60DPU
    Media URN:
    VLVA51QF4BU3M9B0KXQVCQZP60DPU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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