Belgium has finally new government. It has been 493 days since the last elections, held in May 2019, and 650 since the fall of the last federal Executive chaired by the Francophone liberal Charles Michel, today President of the European Council. A record that has even surpassed the 541 days the country was without a Cabinet between 2010 and 2011. Today the Flemish liberal has sworn in as the new prime minister Alexandres De Croo before King Felipe of the Belgians, despite representing the sixth force in the country.
The Executive is made up of 15 portfolios and seven vice presidents, one for each party in the coalition that brings together four political families: socialists, liberals, Christian Democrats and ecologists. In total they represent seven parties. The division of ministries responds to a balance between Belgian political forces and regions. The coalition is known in local media as’Vivaldi‘, in a simile with his work’ The four seasons’.
The hitherto interim prime minister for the past year, the Francophone liberal Sophie wilmes, and who received special powers to address the coronavirus crisis, will be Vice President of Foreign Affairs, with her party partner, David Clarinval, in the position of Minister of Agriculture and Middle Classes. The Flemish Liberals, in addition to the post of Prime Minister, will have the vice presidency of Justice.
Distribution of forces
The socialist family, the majority in the Government, is left with five portfolios. The vice-presidency of the Economy and Labor and the ministries of Defense and Pensions and Social Integration will be in the hands of the Francophone Socialists, while the Flemish socialists They will occupy the vice-presidency of Health and Social Affairs in addition to the Development Cooperation portfolio.
In the distribution of forces, the Flemish Christian Democrats will have the Vice-Presidency of Finance and the Ministry of the Interior. While the environmental family will be in charge of four areas. The vice-presidency of Mobility and the area of Environment will be the responsibility of the French-speaking Greens, while in the hands of the Flemish ecologists is the Energy portfolio and the Vice-presidency of Public Function, which will carry Petra de Sutter, the first transsexual politician to hold ministerial responsibility in Belgium.