Jan Jambon appointed to form "Swedish" coalition in Flanders

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BRUSSELS, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Jan Jambon was appointed on Monday to form a 'Swedish' coalition in Flanders, together with the mainstream Flemish parties of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open VLD) and the Christian Democratic and Flemish party (CD&V), local press reported.

The name "Swedish" was chosen in 2014, when the last government was formed, in reference to the colours of the Swedish flag, a blue background adorned by a yellow cross. Blue is the symbolic colour of Belgium's liberal parties (MR and Open VLD), and yellow is the distinctive colour of the N-VA.

This designation makes Jan Jambon likely to become the next Flemish Minister-President, the La Dernière Heure (DH) newspaper reported.

President of the N-VA Bart De Wever, who is in charge of forming the Flemish government, tabled a starter note on Monday morning to kick off the negotiations.

In the note, he stressed that Flanders must be able to compete with the major Scandinavian countries.

The note also stated that Flanders will become a "world reference" and leader in terms of innovation, digital transformation and technology, with an employment rate target of 80 percent.

At the federal level, no agreement has been reached to form a new government despite the King's appointment of two royal informants - Didier Reynders (MR) and Johan VandeLanotte (sp.a) - on May 30 to form a new federal government in Belgium.

Given the economic, social and administrative configuration of Belgium's three regions, the linguistically divided country may well take considerable time before it is able to establish a new federal coalition. Enditem

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