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    Belgium did not vote to split the country, says far-left

    Fourteen federal public service executives have still not passed the languages test required by law. Credit: Vlaams Belang

    The signal sent on Sunday by voters was a social one and should not be used to divide Belgium, the president of the far-left Parti du Travail de Belgique (PTB), Peter Mertens, said after a meeting with the Belgian King.

    “On May 26, the population did not vote for the separation of the country,” the labour party boss stressed. “On May 26, the population sent a social signal. We will not agree to separatist parties misusing this signal to split the country or move towards confederalism.”

    The meeting with Mertens closes the round of consultations held by the King since Sunday’s elections, which also saw him meet the leader of far-right Vlaams Belang.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times