Charles Michel, at 38 the youngest Belgian prime minister since 1841, and his team swore an oath in front of King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels before proceeding to parliament for their first cabinet meeting. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Belgium's new center-right government took office on Saturday, promising to raise the retirement age and slash costs by about 8 billion euros ($10 billion) to balance the national budget by 2018 and cut the country's debt. New Prime Minister Charles Michel's four-party coalition took office about five months after the parliamentary election in the linguistically divided country, following a world record 18 months of political deadlock after the 2010 vote. Michel, who at 38 is Belgium's youngest Prime Minister since 1841, leads a multi-party government which is the first to include the Flemish separatist N-VA party, the first to exclude the Socialists since 1988 and the first to include just one French-speaking party since 1958.