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Belgian prime minister resigns over migration pact


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Charles Michel lost support of key coalition partner, the nationalist New Flemish Alliance, when backing UN bid to improve coordination on migrants

Dec. 19 2018

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel announced his resignation Tuesday, less than two weeks after his main coalition partner quit in a row over migration, leaving him leading a minority government.

Michel, who took office in 2014, lost the backing of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) over his support for the UN migration pact, a cause celebre for European anti-immigration parties.

The resignation comes two days after demonstrations against the pact in central Brussels descended into scuffles, with police forced to use tear gas and water cannons to restore order.

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