Belgium marks history for first woman prime minister

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The current premier Charles Michel said on Saturday that Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes is the country’s new prime minister.

Wilmes will be sworn in by King Philippe and it’s expected to announce the formal nomination on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Michel said he will step down by November “at the latest”, as he is set to take the European Presidential Council on December 1.

The federal government of Belgium is not fully functioning since a coalition was headed up by Michel collapsed in 2018.

Moreover, the political situation worsen by a controversial result of the parliamentary elections in May.

“Congratulations Sophie Wilmes, who is being put forward to the King as caretaker prime minister,” Michel said on Twitter.

Lastly, Belgium is well known for its political crises. Dating back to 2010 when Belgium lasted for 541 days without a government.