Belgium's Government Resigns After General Vote

World | May 27, 2014, Tuesday // 11:11
Bulgaria: Belgium's Government Resigns After General Vote Belgian Flemish separatist leader Bart De Wever of Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie N-VA celebrates after the first Belgians projections for the European Parliament, Belgian regional and federal in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Ruppo submitted on Monday the resignation of his cabinet to King Phillippe.

Di Ruppo, whose government will have a caretaker capacity until a new administration is formed, saw his Socialists being defeated by the Flemish nationalist and separatist party at the general polls held alongside European elections Sunday, as BusinessWeek reported.

The New-Flemish Alliance, or N-VA, received 32% on May 25's vote in Dutch-speaking Flanders (where 60% of Belgium's population is concentrated), leading by 2% on the Socialists.

Di Ruppo won a majority in French-speaking Wallonia.

Antwerp Mayor Bart de Wever's N-VA is poised to get 33 out of 150 legislative seats, six more it previously had, according to Interior Ministry projections.

Socialists are expected to receive 24 MP seats, while Liberals might get 19 and the Flemish Christian Democrats will count on eighteen.

Belgium is usually government through broad coalitions which sometimes take months to forge. The country's last political crisis was in 2010, when political leaders failed to form a coalition for a total of 541 days.

De Wever has declared he does not want a repetition of the last stalemate and will enter talks with all other political parties.

Among the N-VA's key demands are a shift to neo-liberal policies, suspension of Belgian monarchy and a confederate status for the country.

Its leader has repeatedly claimed that one day Flanders will have the chance to be independent and a EU member.

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