Belgians mark 249 days of talks
Published 17/02/2011 | 12:41
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.