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Belgian king consults party leaders after PM offers to quit

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels. Michel has resigned Tuesday Dec. 18, 2018, after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for the U.N. global compact on migration. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, FILE)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium’s King Philippe is consulting leaders of political parties to work out who should govern the country until the next elections after Prime Minister Charles Michel handed in his resignation.

The king was expected to meet several party leaders Wednesday as he weighs whether to keep Michel temporarily in office at the head of a caretaker government or support any call for early elections.

Michel announced in parliament Tuesday that he would submit his resignation as pressure built on his government this week after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for a U.N. migration pact.

But the king did not immediately accept it, preferring to meet with party leaders first. Belgium is due to go the polls on May 26.

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