BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium may have to head to the polls again if two advisers appointed by King Philippe on Monday fail to find agreement on forming a coalition government over the next fifty days, one of the advisers said.
Belgium has been run by a caretaker administration with limited powers for more than a year as a May election failed to resolve the standoff.
The king earlier on Monday tasked Bart De Wever, leader of the centre-right N-VA, the largest party in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, and Paul Magnette, Socialist party leader in the French-speaking Walloon region, with the job.
They will look into the possibilities and the requirements for forming a government. Various teams appointed by the king in recent months went back to him empty handed.
There are 50 days to form a government or elections must be called, Magnette was quoted as saying by Belgian news agency Belga.
Belgium’s linguistic divide has always been a thorny issue in forming a government. The country took a world record 541 days to cobble together a government after the 2010 election.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Barbara Lewis