Belgians mark 249 days of talks


Belgium's Flemish-speaking newspapers highlight the crisis milestone (AP)

Belgians are celebrating a “world record” as their political leaders reach crisis day 249 in their efforts to form a government.

Many see this as equalling the world record for the longest talks to try to form a government, a record currently held by Iraq.

In Ghent, they hope 249 people will strip naked to mark the number of days of the crisis as part of a party expected to draw thousands.

There will be free chips, Belgium’s beloved national dish, in Leuven and lots of Belgian beer in the French-speaking town of Louvain-la-Neuve.

The crisis pits the leaders of six million Dutch-speaking Flemings against those of 4.5 million French speakers.

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