April 22nd, 2010
08:42 AM ET

Belgian PM offers to resign amid political dispite

[Updated at 8:55 a.m.] Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme has offered to resign amid a political dispute, the press office of the Belgian parliament said Thursday.

The Belgian king has not yet accepted the prime minister's offer, the Royal Palace press office said. King Albert II and Leterme were meeting on Thursday afternoon, the office said.

The prime minister acted after a Flemish liberal party withdrew from a coalition government, according to news reports.

The crisis made it impossible to say whether the legislators in Belgium will vote as planned Thursday on whether to ban face coverings worn by observant Muslim women.

Belgian legislators are considering a ban in all public places on niqabs - veils that cover the face - as well as burqas, which cover the face and everything else from head to toe.

They were scheduled to vote on the ban Thursday afternoon, but the crisis has called the timing of that vote into question.

[Posted at 8:42 a.m.] Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme has offered to resign amid a political dispute, the press office of the Belgian parliament said Thursday.

It was not immediately clear whether the Belgian king had accepted the prime minister's offer.

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  1. Vlotten

    The crisis in Belgium has nothing to do with mulsim women! It's because of an elecotral disagreement between Flemisch and the French community in Belgium.
    Where do you get your information???

    April 22, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Manu Billiet

    "The crisis made it impossible to say whether the legislators in Belgium will vote as planned Thursday on whether to ban face coverings worn by observant Muslim women.

    Belgian legislators are considering a ban in all public places on niqabs – veils that cover the face – as well as burqas, which cover the face and everything else from head to toe."

    The whole crisis isn't about face coverings worn by Muslim women, but about the Flemish-Wallon language-election discussion in the region around the capital of Brussels.

    The reporter should check his information a bit better next time...

    April 22, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Raphael

    If you did actually read the article, you would have noticed the fact that the reporter only mentionned that the crisis made it impossible for the Belgian Parliament to vote the law about niquabs in public places.

    So yes the information is reliable and yes, you both don't have a good understanding of the article.

    I only hope the reporter will not have the opportunity to work on a news for Belgium before a long time.
    Crisis is always bad for a country look at the Greeks

    April 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |