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Di Rupo Says Government Must Be Formed as ‘Soon as Possible’

November 27, 2011

Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Elio Di Rupo, president of the French-speaking Socialist Party who yesterday reached a deal with rival political groups on Belgium’s budget, said a new government must be formed without delay.

“We must now form a government as soon as possible,” he said at a Brussels press conference that was shown live on the website of public broadcaster VRT. Di Rupo described the budget, which will reduce the to 2.8 percent of GDP in 2012, as “responsible and rigorous.”

Di Rupo, who has led coalition negotiations between six of the country’s political parties, thrashed out the budget accord yesterday after all-night talks. King Albert II asked him to form a government after tensions between the Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south fueled speculation that the country could break up.

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