The Flemish nationalist N-VA
, led by powerful Antwerp mayor Bart De Wever, had made political demands which Michel judged "unacceptable" - notably on possible constitutional changes.
But Brussels, insistent both on keeping its secessionist movements under control and on remaining loyal to the European Union, later said the N-VA
's statement did not reflect Belgium's official position.
On Thursday, during a debate in Parliament, opposition parties, led by the Socialists and the Greens, staged a symbolic walk-out of the chamber after a heated row with President of the Chamber Siegfried Bracke, also a member of the N-VA
The coalition was formed after the separatist N-VA
party softened its demands for greater autonomy for Dutch-speaking Flanders, an issue that has dominated Belgian politics in recent years and delayed the previous two government formations.
faced with this hateful attack." As election day arrived , all eyes were on the separatist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA
) led by Antwerp mayor Bart De Wever, with surveys this week showing it leading the pack in Flanders with 29.8 percent of the vote.
The initial ambition of the Flemish nationalist and conservative political partyA N-VA
to make theA utility a competitor toA local energy supplierA Electrabel was gradually revisedA and the focus was shifted to include considerable investments in energy efficiency, innovationA and renewable energy production.
The previous elections, in 2010, resulted in a victory for the Flemish nationalist N-VA
overwhelmingly winning the Flemish vote, closely followed by the Walloon Socialists PS, clear victors in Wallonia.
One Flemish separatist group, the Flemish Interest party, boycotted the ceremony, while the legislature's biggest party, the N-VA
New Flemish Alliance, sent only a limited delegation.
The Flemish separatist N-VA
, the largest party in parliament but eventually dropped from coalition talks, has been particularly vocal about limiting royal powers.
There, the powerful separatist N-VA
party favours a a republic, or at least a royal as figurehead only.
The far-right separatist Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) party boycotted the ceremony, the BBC reported, and Jan Jambon, parliamentary head of the N-VA
(New Flemish Alliance) that wants Flanders to break away and favors a republic, said the occasion "leaves me cold." His party leader Bart De Wever also skipped the ceremony.
The Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (New Flemish Alliance or N-VA
) won the most votes in a vast swathe of districts in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, including the port city of Antwerp.