On April 6, King Baudouin asked M. Theo Lefevre, President of the Belgian Catholic Party,?
On April 6, King Baudouin asked M. Theo Lefevre, President of the Belgian Catholic Party, to form a Government - the King's choice was believed to indicate the probability of a Catholic-Socialist coalition.
M. Lefevre went to the Parliament Building in Brussels April 7 to begin consultations with leaders of other political parties. He met M. Motz, President of the Liberal Party and M Collard, President of the Socialist Party.
The Catholic Party is still strongest in the Belgian Parliament, though its members were reduced in the elections on March 26. M. Gaston Eyskens' former Catholic-Liberal coalition Government resigned last week.
In a broadcast, 47-year-old M. Lefevre said that the Government should be capable of leading "the bold policy of which Belgium stands in urgent need." He added: "If I fail to form a strong Government, I will ask the Sovereign to relieve me of the mission".
During the German occupation in world war two, M Lefevre edited the underground Flemish newspaper "Vrig". He has been a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Coal and Steel Community, now the European Parliamentary Assembly, since 1950.