Elections 2024: De Croo visits King to announce government resignation

As is customary after a general election, Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo announced the resignation of his government to King Philippe on Monday. De Croo's party, Open VLD, was the biggest loser in Sunday's elections.

Traditionally, the resigning prime minister is the first to be received by the King after a general election to announce the resignation of the government. De Croo's government will act as a caretaker government until a new one is formed.

A press release from the Palace said the King "will begin his consultations this afternoon with a view to forming a new government". He will first meet the presidents of the Senate and the Chamber of Representatives. N-VA leader Bart De Wever, Vlaams Belang's Tom Van Grieken and MR's Georges-Louis Bouchez will then visit the Palace.

De Wever to form government

It is not yet known who the King will appoint as the federal informateur - the person in charge of exploring the possibilities of forming a government. The formation of the Flemish government, however, can move more quickly, as the Flemish informateur is most often the leader of Flanders' largest party, in this case De Wever.

De Wever has already begun his work. "I have already sent messages and made phone calls last night," he said on Monday. "The information round has begun." Personal meetings with other party leaders will probably have to wait until tomorrow. "I don't know if they will necessarily take place today. You have to give people 24 hours to sleep and relax," he said.



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