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  • Nov 30, 2011
  • 11:32 AM

Belgian politicians row over "linguistic sex" of would-be leader

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Traditionally, Belgium's 15 cabinet posts are shared out equally between French- and Dutch-speakers, but the prime minister's job has not entered the equation as the post has so far been treated as 'linguistically asexual.' However, with socialist leader Di Rupo poised to become the first francophone to hold that position since 1974, Flemish politicians from the other side of the linguistic divide are starting to criticize the arrangement.

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