Belgium gets new government and premier, 16 months after elections

Flemish liberal Alexander De Croo will be the new Belgian prime minister at the head of a seven-party government, he announced with his coalition partner Paul Magnette on Wednesday.”The federal government has been formed,” De Croo said at a press conference, while noting that the process had taken “long, too long.”The breakthrough comes more than 16 months after elections, or just under 500 days after the polls.The new government, he said, will now have to win the population’s trust.”It is up to us to prove that we have our feet on the ground,” he said.De Croo will lead a coalition of seven: a…

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