Belgium

After 541 days they have a government


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After 541 days a new Coalition government will be completed today with French speaking socialist Elio di Rupo as its new prime minister. There will be six parties in the ruling coalition, but it does not include the Greens or the Flemish separatist N-VA movement. The Cabinet itself will be a slimmed down group of twelve Cabinet ministers and six Secretaries of State.

Di Rupo is expected to outline the full text of the 180 page government platform to Belgium’s parliament on Wednesday.

The full line-up of Ministers and the parties they represent  is:

 

Elio Di Rupo (PS) Prime Minister
Laurette Onkelinx (PS) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Health,
  responsible for Beliris and federal cultural institutions
Paul Magnette (PS) Minister of Public Enterprises, Science Policy and Development
  Cooperation, in charge of Cities
Didier Reynders (MR) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign
  Trade and European Affairs.
Olivier Chastel (MR) Minister of Budget and Administrative Simplification.
Sabine Laruelle (MR) Minister of Middle Classes, SMEs, Self-Employed and Agriculture
Joëlle Milquet (cdH) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior
Steven Vanackere (CD&V) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Sustainable
  Development, responsible for Public Service
Peter De Crem (CD&V) Minister of Defence
Vincent Van Quickenborne (Open Vld) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Pensions
Annemie Turtelboom (Open Vld) Minister of Justice
Monica De Coninck (sp.a) Minister of Employment
Johan Vande Lanotte (sp.a) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Consumers
  and the North Sea
The six Secretaries of State are as follows:
Melchior Wathelet (cdH) Secretary of State for the Environment, Energy and Mobility, Deputy
  Interior Minister and State Secretary for Institutional Reform, Deputy
  Prime Minister
Philippe Courard (PS) Secretary of State for Social Services to Families and Persons
  with Disabilities, in charge of occupational hazards,
  Deputy Minister of Social Affairs and Health
Verhstraeten Servais (CD&V) Secretary of State for Institutional Reform, Deputy Prime Minister and
  State Secretary at the Board building, Deputy Minister for Finance
  and Sustainable Development, responsible for Public Service
Hendrik Bogaert (CD&V) Secretary of State for Public Service and Modernisation of Public
  Services, Deputy Minister for Finance and Sustainable
  Development, responsible for Public Service
Maggie De Block (Open Vld) Secretary of State Asylum for Immigration and Social Integration,
  Assistant Minister of Justice
John Crombez (sp.a) Secretary of State for the Fight against social and fiscal fraud,
  Deputy Prime Minister

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