All the same, I think that is out of date. You have to get up early to get out of bed as Groucho Marx said in the famous auction scene in The Cocoanuts and the same is true for Belgian politics. It would appear from this Wikipedia entry that Yves Leterme was, indeed, the Belgian Prime Minister but resigned in April. This BBC story appears to confirm that: the resignation was accepted by the King on April 26. On the other hand, the King also asked him to stay on in a caretaker capacity, something that seems to happen rather a lot to Belgian politicians.
So what are we to make of this story from Bloomberg?
Elio Di Rupo, the French-speaking Socialist party leader in Belgium, will continue talks aimed at forming a new national government after King Albert II refused to let him give up the mission.We should not forget that there was another inconclusive election in June and they are still searching for that elusive government. So there we are: you pays your money and you takes your choice. In the meantime: who is the President of the Council of the European Union?
Di Rupo said today that Flemish nationalists and Christian Democrats did not agree to a compromise over finances and regional powers aimed at forming a seven-party national government. Di Rupo then met with the Belgian king at the palace in suburban Brussels.
“Mr. Di Rupo asked the king to be relieved of his mission,” an e-mailed statement from the royal palace said. “The king refused and asked him to continue his mission.” Di Rupo accepted, the statement said.