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Belgian prime minister Charles Michel resigns

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel has resigned after losing a no confidence vote, Independent reported.

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel resigns

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel resigns
STEPANAKERT,  DECEMBER 19, ARTSAKHPRESS: Mr Michel relaunched his government a week ago as a minority administration after the biggest party in his coalition, the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) quit in a dispute over signing the UN migration pact.

Right-wing critics have said the agreement could increase immigration and last week protests in Brussels turned violent as thousands of demonstrators marched over the signing of the pact in Marrakech.

The socialists and greens had put forward the motion of no confidence.

In an address at the country’s parliament, Mr Michel said he would notify Belgium’s King Phillipe.

As legislators applauded, he picked up his briefcase, shook the hands of a number of government ministers, and left.

Mr Michel refused to call an early election despite calls from some in the assembly, but Mr Michel said such a move would only lead to “stagnation for the whole of 2019”. Parliamentary elections are due in May.

But Belgium’s King Philippe has not yet taken a decision on whether to accept the resignation offered by Mr Michel, the royal palace said on Tuesday night.

At the protests last week, police used water cannon and tear gas on protesters at the march organised by Flemish right-wing parties.


     

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