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Belgium had gone a record 541 days without a government before swearing in Elio Di Rupo (L) as prime minister. Here, he talks with King Albert II (R) on Dec. 6, 2011 during the family photo of the new government at the the royal palace in Brussels. - 

This final note on the way out. After a record 541 days without a government, a new prime minister of Belgium was sworn in today. Now, it's not like Belgium's an economic powerhouse, but I'm obliged to note the Belgian economy didn't collapse without politicians running things.

Just sayin'.

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