Belgian PM to step down

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Belgian PM to step down

The Belgian Prime Minister, Jean-Luc Dehaene, will not make a bid for a third term, De Standaard newspaper said. "After two mandates, one has probably given the best one has," Mr Dehaene said. "In one's own interest, it is best to stop then." Mr Dehaene became prime minister in March 1992, and started his second term in June 1995. In 1994, he narrowly lost a bid to become president of the European Commission because of a veto by John Major, who considered him too pro-European. Reuter - Brussels

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