Belgium’s outgoing prime minister will form an interim national government in an effort to end a political deadlock triggered by divisive election results in June.

Guy Verhofstadt, a Liberal, on Monday accepted King Albert II’s request to set up a federal administration to address urgent matters, and to start talks to lead to institutional reform.

Mr Verhofstadt has remained in office in a caretaker role since the election. But his outgoing administration has lacked the power to set a new budget and take big policy decisions during six months of unsuccessful talks to form a coalition.

The interim government will run until March 23, but it remained unclear on Monday which decisions it would be able to make.

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