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Openly Gay Politician Elio Di Rupo Set To Become Belgium’s New Prime Minister

Elio Di Rupo is to become Belgium prime minister. The country has formed a new government after 19 months of a political crisis.

BBC writes about Elio Di Rupo:

On one level, this son of Italian immigrants is living the Belgian dream, rising from poverty to play a crucial, unifying role in his country’s political future.

On another, he is very definitely a Walloon, as Belgium’s French-speakers are known, who struggles to speak Dutch but is passionate in his determination to unite Walloons and Flemings alike.

Another view is that he is simply the man of the moment, the latest in a line of “formateurs” – as government brokers in Belgium are known – who happened to be there when the eurozone economic crisis concentrated Belgian minds.

What seems clear, however, is that, at 60, Elio Di Rupo is very much his own man, as distinctive as his trademark red bow ties.

Read the full article via BBC