“Media crusade”

Belgian transport minister resigns as row over airport security reaches fever pitch

Belgian Minister of Mobility Jacqueline Galant. (DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgium Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant resigned Friday following accusations that she lied about not seeing reports warning of security flaws at the country’s airports. Her resignation comes less than a month after coordinated attacks on Brussels airport and the city’s metro system killed 32 people and injured more than 300. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who is a member of the Mouvement Réformateur [Reformist Movement] party alongside Galant and had previously supported her, said Friday he had accepted her resignation.

The pressure on Galant boiled over Thursday night after Laurent Ledoux, president of the executive committee in Galant’s department, resigned with a furious resignation letter that accused his former boss of lying about not seeing two E.U. reports that criticized security at the two Brussels airports. The reports — the most recent of which dates from June 2015 — then circulated through the Belgian parliament, having already been leaked to the media, and highlighted lack of resources for security checks, absence of a national security plan and insufficient staff training. Despite resigning, Galant hit back at a press conference on Friday in which she accused her former subordinate of leading a media crusade against her.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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