Ex-Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme will have to leave the Idea Institute

The board of Idea, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, has almost unanimously decided not to extend the mandate of former Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme as Secretary General of the organisation, Swedish media announced on Wednesday.

A recent report by the consultancy firm KPMG had reported that Yves Leterme had an "authoritarian" management of Idea and a lack of collective decision-making power. The report also referred to cases of discrimination, preferential treatment and harassment.

The Swedish government, the main contributor to Idea's budget, had criticised the report and convened an extraordinary council of the organisation's 31 member states at the end of August. There was no unanimity on what to do with Yves Leterme and the decision was postponed.

It now appears that the former Prime Minister's term of office, which is due to expire next summer, will not be extended.

Idea supports sustainable democratisation processes around the world by assisting local political actors when they introduce democratic reforms.

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