Selamat buat Pak Rompuy...... kapan2 ikut kita ngumpul2 dong pak...hehe.
   
  salam,
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Setio Pramono <hafidz...@yahoo.com> wrote:
                    New Belgian government sworn in     
              
            Van Rompuy, left, was sworn in as Belgium's new prime minister by 
King Albert II [AFP]  Herman Van Rompuy, a Flemish Christian Democrat, has been 
sworn in as Belgium's prime minister, to head a revived five-party coalition.
  King Albert II swore the new government into office at a ceremony at the 
royal palace on Tuesday.
  Van Rompuy replaces his fellow party member Yves Leterme, who resigned on 
December 19 over allegations of political meddling in the bailout of the 
stricken bank Fortis.
  The five parties that had made up Leterme's government renewed their coalition
after a meeting on Tuesday.
  The new government faces a parliamentary vote of confidence on Friday.
  'Good formula'
  Van Rompuy was expected to take over his predecessor's plan for battling a 
looming recession caused by the global financial crisis.
  He will also have to handle the strained relations between Flanders, 
Belgium's richer, more populous Dutch-speaking region, and its Francophone area.
  "Nothing is simple in our country, but what is important is that we have a 
government to lead with seriousness, stability and serenity," said Elio di 
Rupo, the leader of the Francophone Socialist party.
  Van Rompuy will be the third prime minister since general elections in June 
2007 in the linguistically divided country that is host to the main European 
Union institutions and to Nato.
  Budgetary hardliner
  Belgium is expected to have slipped into recession in the fourth quarter and 
large banks have received bailouts. Fighting the economic downturn will be 
Reynders' main challenge.
  Van Rompuy, 61, has the reputation of being both an intellectual and a 
budgetary hardliner.
  He was budget minister from 1993 to 1999 and sharply reduced public debt in 
his first year in office.
  His other task will be to sort out the Fortis debacle.
  The bank's shareholders won an appeal court ruling this month, freezing the 
group's break-up by the Dutch, Luxembourg and Belgian governments and the 
latter's sale of Fortis assets to BNP Paribas.
  Leterme's government had planned a $2.87bn package of measures to boost 
growth, including tax cuts, lower energy costs and accelerated infrastructure 
projects.
  That government collapsed after the supreme court said there were clear 
indications of political meddling in a court ruling over the bailout of Fortis.
  Belgium's coalition comprises of the Flemish Christian Democrat party, the 
Flemish Liberal party, the Francophone Liberal party, the Francophone Christian 
Democrats and the Francophone Socialist party.


  

                           

       

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