New Belgian government sworn in 16 months after elections

Belgium’s new government took its oath on Thursday – one day after seven parties agreed on a coalition 16 months after elections.Flemish liberal Alexander De Croo will head the seven-party coalition. He will also be responsible for the budget dossier – something he is closely acquainted with, having served as finance minister until now.In a ceremony lasting about 10 minutes, his new cabinet swore allegiance to the country.”I swear loyalty to the king, obedience to the constitution and the laws of the Belgian people,” De Croo said in French, Dutch and German.Caretaker Prime Minister Sophie Wilm…

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