Bart De Wever's mandate as federal informateur extended by one week

King Philippe has extended N-VA leader Bart De Wever's mandate as informateur by one week, the Royal Palace announced on Wednesday. De Wever will report back to the King next Wednesday.

On Wednesday last week, King Philippe instructed De Wever to find out which parties were willing to form a coalition quickly and what the main political lines of that majority would be.

De Wever was expected at the palace at 15.00 on Wednesday for a first report on the progress of this mission. King Philippe has now granted him another week and "he will report to the King again on Wednesday 26 June," the palace said.

De Wever spent about 45 minutes at the palace and made no statements to the assembled press on his arrival or departure. Talks are said to have taken place with the winners of the elections in French-speaking Belgium, MR and Les Engagés. De Wever is expected to work towards a government with MR, Les Engagés, N-VA, CD&V and Vooruit.

Jambon joins federal negotiations

It was also announced on Wednesday that minister-president of Flanders Jan Jambon would join De Wever in leading the future federal government negotiations. "I assume that Bart De Wever will become formateur and that I will lead the N-VA delegation in the negotiations," Jambon said during a mission to Norway.

At the Flemish level, De Wever passed the torch to Flemish Finance and Budget minister Matthias Diependaele, who will be formateur. "If anyone has the talents [to become minister-president of Flanders], it is Matthias," Jambon said. "For five years, he has managed our finances well and in an empathetic way."



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