New government wins confidence vote


The new six party coalition government of Prime Minister Elio di Rupo won its confidence vote yesterday evening when 89 of the 150 lower house Chamber of Deputies supported the new government.

There were 54 votes against the government, coming from the centre-right New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), the far right separatist Flemish Vlaams Belang and the Greens.

The new government will now have to introduce austerity measures to find budget cuts of €11.3 billion. Having taken nearly 1.5 years to form a government there are now just 2.5 years left to the new government to carry out these measures.

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