Belgium’s King Albert has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Yves Leterme’s government after the collapse of the ruling coalition, officials say.
A statement from the palace said Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders had asked to be relieved of his mission to mediate in the political crisis.
Mr Leterme offered his resignation last week after a liberal Flemish party quit the government.
It was the third time he had offered his resignation since July 2008.
The palace statement said that the king had asked Mr Leterme to stay on in a caretaker capacity.
After receiving Mr Leterme’s resignation last Thursday, the king did not immediately accept it but instead asked Mr Reynders – a French speaker – to mediate. When Reynders asked on Monday to be relieved of his mission, the government’s resignation was accepted.