Speaking in the VRT's current affairs programme on Sunday morning, 'De Zevende Dag', she said "I have no idea why I didn't get a kiss, but I don't hold it against the Prime Minister." She added she didn't really mind: "I don't have the habit of kissing people I don't know very well, anyway. In any case, it was not part of the official protocol." Ms Sleurs continued with a smile: "But we will see what happens in the coming months."
The new government has 4 female ministers or state secretaries, but Elke Sleurs was the only one to miss out on a kiss on the cheek when they were greeted by PM Charles Michel in the royal palace yesterday for the occasion of the oath of allegiance ceremony.