The formation of a federal government in Belgium has again reached an impasse. Government computer scientist Paul Magnette has asked King Filip to release him from his mission.
The king keeps his decision under consideration and starts with consultations, according to a notice from the palace after Magnette came to present his final report.
Since the elections in late May, the formation of a federal government has not been going smoothly. The Walloon socialist Magnette was appointed as informateur early last month after two so-called preformateurs had thrown in the towel. They saw no basis for a government with the Flemish nationalist N-VA and the Walloon Parti Socialiste (PS), the largest parties in their parts of the country. Magnette investigated a possible government without an N-VA.
Belgian media speculate that the king will now ask N-VA leader Bart de Wever to try.