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Belgian government falls

I am not going into the details of the BHV question, but apparently Leterme has offered the King his resignation after the Liberals pulled the plug (my gut reaction: everyone is being opportunist here). Fortunately, this may mean that parliament fails to vote on the absurd and offensive burqa ban.

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inulro
Apr. 22nd, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
Does one see many burqas in Belgium?

Just wondering, because I remember that when the issue arose in France, I thought "I don't remember ever seeing anyone wearing one in France" (my last stay in Paris, and my stay in Avignon, had been in heavily ethnic areas). There was indeed comment in one of the British papers by a journalist who'd lived in Paris for years that the only full cover-up she'd ever seen there was Saudi royal wives shopping on the Champs Elysees.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 22nd, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
By the way, the URL that was posted at your Twitter account took me to a couple of VERY dubious pages on the way here: http://url4.eu/2qrOj
liliaeth
Apr. 22nd, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Again!!!

Honestly, they should just get rid of Leterme, period. That guy has offered either his own resignation, or that of his government over and over since he was first given the job.
nwhyte
Apr. 22nd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
He has certainly demonstrated, over and over again, that he is completely useless at handling inter-communal negotiations, let alone reaching a decision. It was wise to try and keep the inter-communal stuff at arm's-length from the actual business of governing, but that line can only be held for a limited time, which appears to have expired today.
sunnytyler001
Apr. 22nd, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh no... NOT AGAIN!!! :(
alacsony
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Maybe they should switch places with Van Rompuy once again? His brand-new-and-shiny position seems so utterly useless that even Leterme won't screw things up
juleske
Apr. 23rd, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
Fortunately, this may mean that parliament fails to vote on the absurd and offensive burqa ban.

My thought exactly! What a horribly stupid law.
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