Far-right Vlaams Belang invited to second round of talks to form Flemish government
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    Far-right Vlaams Belang invited to second round of talks to form Flemish government

    Most parties received an invitation for a second consultation with De Wever, including the far-right Vlaams Belang. Credit: Belga

    After four days of only informal contacts, N-VA party leader Bart De Wever will start a second round of consultations on Monday in order to form a new Flemish government.

    Most parties received an invitation for a second consultation with De Wever, including the far-right Vlaams Belang, which means De Wever has not decided yet on whether or not he will adhere to the cordon sanitaire that was put in place to keep the Vlaams Belang out of the government. The negotiations will take place during the first week of June, but when exactly that will be, has not yet been communicated to the press.

    For the formation of the Federal government, the king appointed two advisors who have the task of forming a government that works for both Flanders, which mostly voted for rightwing parties, and Wallonia, which voted mostly for leftwing parties. Flemish Johan Vande Lanotte (SP.A) and Walloon Didier Reynders (MR) have started their consultations with the candidate parties far away from the media. They will not communicate about any progress before Thursday.

    For the Walloon government, Elio Di Rupo and Paul Magnette (both members of the Pati Socialise, PS) have consultations with the far-left PTB and the Christian democrats CDH on Monday.

    Maïthé Chini
    The Brussels Times