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.Caretaker Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes, whose mandate ran out on Wednesday, is now taking up duties as foreign affairs minister.Ruling the country will likely not be an easy …

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