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Belgian king accepts prime minister’s resignation after losing vote

Belgium’s King Philippe accepted Prime Minister Alexander De Croo’s resignation on Monday following a defeat in the country’s elections for its federal and regional parliaments.

Footage captured by local broadcaster RTL Info showed De Croo arriving by car at the royal palace in Brussels and shaking hands with the king.

De Croo said in a post on X that the government would remain in a caregiving capacity and that he took responsibility for his Liberal party’s results, which he described as “a disappointment.”

The RTL Info images also showed the leaders of the first and second largest parties in the Flanders region of northern Belgium, Bart De Wever, of the conservative nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), and Tom Van Grieken, of the extreme party -right Vlaams Belang, arriving at the palace to meet Philippe.

The N-VA was on track to remain the largest party in Belgium’s parliament on Sunday (9), resisting a larger surge from Vlaams Belang, which made the biggest gain.

The liberal Mouvement Reformateur party came first in Brussels and French Wallonia, setting the stage for months of challenging coalition negotiations.

Source: CNN Brasil

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