BELGIUM: Exasperation

Last Sunday, a fine sunny day in Belgium, 5,500,000 voters went apathetically to the polls, called out for the third time in a year to resolve the exasperating question of exiled King Leopold's return to the throne (TIME, July 18 et seq.). After an inconclusive referendum and various futile attempts to form a government that could dispose of the "royal question" one way or another, Regent Prince Charles had called for new parliamentary elections.

The Christian Socialists, Belgium's largest party and the only one solidly backing Leopold, had a slim majority in the outgoing Senate but were two seats short...

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