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    Federal Government needs the majority in Flanders, says CD&V

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    The Federal Government “needs a majority in Flanders” but for that, the Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) “must take up its responsibilities,” the leader of the CD&V party, Wouter Beke, said on Tuesday.

    He was reacting to a statement made on Monday by the head of the Parti Socialiste (PS), Elio di Rupo, who argued that the solution for the Federal Government was to rule without the N-VA, thus without the majority in the north of the country.

    That statement sparked strong reactions in Flanders. “That call is a negation of the signal given by the electors on Sunday,” Jan Jambon commented.

    While the Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams (CD&V) party feels the Federal Government needs a majority in Flanders, it is also calling on the N-VA to assume its responsibility.

    “It would be good for the Government to have a majority in Flanders, which also means that the N-VA needs to dare to take up its responsibilities,” the CD&V’s Beke told the VRT. “It’s the first Flemish party in the federal parliament. It represents the largest number of electors there. It should not leave them on the sidelines.”

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times