A Belgian politician has told the wives of MPs to ban sex until the country forms a government.

Marleen Temmrman has beseeched the spouses of the law-makers to “keep their legs crossed” in a bid to bring an end to the deadlock that has lasted 240 days.

The Belgian senator has urged “the spouses of all negotiators to withhold sex until a deal is reached”.

The plea echoes a situation in Kenya in 2009, when women’s movements called for a general sex strike after a conflict between the country’s president and prime minister threatened to plunge it into chaos.

“It worked in Kenya – a week after wives stopped having sex, a deal was on the table,” said Senator Temmerman, who is a qualified gynaecologist.

Belgium is poised to break the 249-day record held by Iraq for the nation to spend the longest time without a government.

Temmerman’s call comes on the heels of news that a man with a low IQ has been banned from having sex by a High Court judge.

A local council brought legal proceedings upon the 41-year-old man, claiming his “vigorous sex drive” to be inappropriate. A court case was launched to restrict his relationship with a man.

Known only as ‘Alan’, officials said the man’s IQ of 48 and his ‘moderate’ learning difficulties meant he did not understand what he was doing and did not have the mental capacity to know about the health risks of his relationship.