Belgium braced for snap election after PM Charles Michel quits


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Belgium is expected to hold a snap general election next month after Charles Michel resigned as prime minister last night.

The liberal leader’s coalition government collapsed amid opposition to his signing of a UN migration pact after the nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) withdrew its support over the deal. Critics say the accord will lead to increased immigration to Europe.

Mr Michel had called on parliament to support his minority government in a “coalition of goodwill” until scheduled elections in late May.

However, as it became clear that he faced a vote of no confidence tabled by Socialists and Greens, he said: “My appeal was not not convincing. It was not heard. I take the decision to resign.”

In Brussels this week thousands joined a…

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