Wilmes, 44, was chosen on Saturday as the new caretaker prime minister, and m
et with the King on Sunday.
"Sophie Wilmes has been received by the King in a private audience at the Royal palace in Brussels. She has been named as prime minister," the Belgian Royal Palace said in a tweet on Sunday.
Her appointment is unprecedented for Belgium as Sophie Wilmes becomes the country's first woman prime minister.
"I measure the responsibility that this represents. I thank my colleagues for their confidence. I will make every effort to ensure the stability and continuity of current affairs," she said on Twitter.
Belgium has not had a full-fledged government since December 2018, and negotiations to form a new coalition have stalled since the May 26 legislative elections. So far, all regional governments (in Wallonia, Flanders and Brussels) have been formed, but negotiations for a federal government seem far from over.
Due to the varied economic, social and administrative aspects of the three regions of Belgium, the formation of a federal government is generally a long process. Between 2010 and 2011, Belgium broke a record of 541 days without a government.
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