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    THE PRESIDENT OF THE BELGIAN SOCIALIST PARTY, M. LEO COLLARD, WHO HAS BEEN ASKED BY?

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    HEADQUARTERS OF THE BELGIAN SOCIALIST PARTY; M. COLLARD ENTERING; M. COLLARD SEATED IN CONFERENCE.




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    Background: THE PRESIDENT OF THE BELGIAN SOCIALIST PARTY, M. LEO COLLARD, WHO HAS BEEN ASKED BY KING BADOUIN TO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT, HAS APPEALED TO THE SOCIAL CHRISTIAN PARTY TO JOIN IN A COALITION WITH THE SOCIALISTS. IN THE GENERAL ELECTIONS THREE WEEKS AGO NONE OF THE THREE MAJOR PARTIES GAINED AN ABSOLUTE MAJORITY.

    THE ELECTIONS WERE FOUGHT OVER THE LANGUAGE ISSUE BETWEEN BELGIUM'S DUTCH-SPEAKING FLEMINGS AND THE FRENCH-SPEAKING WALLOONS. BOTH NATIONALIST GROUPS MADE ELECTORAL GAINS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE SOCIALISTS, THE SOCIAL CHRISTIANS (ROMAN CATHOLICS) AND THE PARTY OF LIBERTY AND PROGRESS (CONSERVATIVES). BUT THE NATIONALIST PARTIES ARE STILL MUCH TOO SMALL TO FORM A GOVERNMENT OF THEIR OWN.

    IF M. COLLAR SUCCEEDS IN HIS APPEAL HE IS EXPECTED TO BE THE NEXT BELGIAN PRIME MINISTER. THE SOCIAL CHRISTIANS HAVE AGREED TO CONSIDER THE APPEAL. THE SOCIALISTS HAVE 59 SEATS IN THE LOWER HOUSE AND THE SOCIAL CHRISTIAN 65 SEATS, AND THIS WOULD GIVE A COALITION OF THE TWO A MAJORITY IN THE 212-SEAT HOUSE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9I6PTP8QSHXUVFKWBJNRHTMMO
    Media URN:
    VLVA9I6PTP8QSHXUVFKWBJNRHTMMO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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