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March 28, 1988
Belgium's King Baudouin asked Flemish Christian Democrat Jean-Luc Dehaene to form a government and haul the country out of a 5-month political crisis. The palace said Dehaene accepted the mission. Dehaene, 47, was appointed as the king's mediator 2 months ago to sound out positions on a new coalition government. He had abandoned the mission Thursday after coalition talks failed to bridge differences over the language problem that toppled the last government.
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March 28, 1988
Belgium's King Baudouin asked Flemish Christian Democrat Jean-Luc Dehaene to form a government and haul the country out of a 5-month political crisis. The palace said Dehaene accepted the mission. Dehaene, 47, was appointed as the king's mediator 2 months ago to sound out positions on a new coalition government. He had abandoned the mission Thursday after coalition talks failed to bridge differences over the language problem that toppled the last government.
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June 14, 1999 | Times Wire Services
The center-left government of Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene lost Sunday's general elections in Belgium, preliminary results showed. With 86% of the vote counted, the coalition was set to lose 16 seats of its 82-seat majority. This loss would take it to 66 seats, well below half of the mandates in the 150-seat federal Parliament.
NEWS
October 22, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Belgian politicians from all major parties, responding to mass protests against widespread corruption that were sparked by a highly charged pedophile scandal, backed a proposal made Sunday by Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene to remove an article from the constitution that gives all political parties representation in the judiciary.
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July 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
In a historic transition, Belgium's new government of liberals, Socialists and environmentalists took office after more than 40 years of rule by the center-right. Guy Verhofstadt leads a government that combines fiscal conservatives with Socialists, promising policies friendly to business and the environment and an overhaul of scandal-ridden state institutions.
BUSINESS
December 25, 1993
Belgium Completes Economic Reforms: The Belgian government put the finishing touches on its economic reform plan and in the process infuriated banks by telling them they would have to help pay for job creation in Belgium. Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene said the measures were essential to cut the budget deficit, create jobs and improve the competitiveness of Belgian companies.
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August 2, 1993 | From Associated Press
Prince Albert will succeed his late brother King Baudouin as Belgium's monarch, the prime minister announced Sunday, dashing expectations that Albert's son would take the throne. Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene said in making the surprise announcement that the "spirit of continuity" was more important than renewal while Belgium goes through tough economic times. King Baudouin died of a heart attack Saturday while vacationing in Spain. He will be buried at the St.
NEWS
April 25, 1998 | Associated Press
The short-lived escape of a child-murder suspect sent waves of anger, disbelief and shame across Belgium and led to calls Friday for the country's shaky government coalition to resign. The resignations Thursday of the Justice and Interior ministers did little to calm public outrage over the three-hour escape of Marc Dutroux, a convicted rapist charged with abducting and abusing six young girls and killing four of them.
NEWS
April 24, 1998 | From Associated Press
Belgium's interior and justice ministers resigned after the brief escape Thursday of a key suspect in a deadly child-sex ring whose activities stunned the nation in 1996. Interior Minister Johan Vande Lanotte and Justice Minister Stefaan de Clerck stepped down to take responsibility for the escape, which caused great embarrassment to a government already accused of inept law enforcement.
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June 26, 1994 | From Times Wire Services
The European Union was thrown into disarray Saturday after Britain vetoed the choice of the 11 other nations for chief executive, reflecting British unease at moves toward a more united Europe. The move sank a well-orchestrated celebration--designed to display the EU's new relations with Russia and four members-in-waiting--and forced an emergency summit to be called for July 15.
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