Daniel Ducarme

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Daniel Ducarme
Minister-President of Brussels
In office
6 June 2003 – 18 February 2004
Preceded by François-Xavier de Donnea
Succeeded by Jacques Simonet
Personal details
Born (1954-03-08)8 March 1954
Liège, Belgium
Died 28 August 2010(2010-08-28) (aged 56)
Brussels, Belgium
Political party Reformist Movement

Daniel Ducarme (8 March 1954, Liège – 28 August 2010[1]) was a Belgian politician and former Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region.

Background and political affiliation[edit]

Starting his political career in the Liberal Reformist Party (PRL), Ducarme served as mayor of Thuin in Wallonia from 1988 to 2000, becoming party president in 1999. In 2000 he moved to Schaarbeek in the Brussels-Capital Region and stood for election to the Schaerbeeck council.

The PRL merged with its centre-right partners to create the Reformist Movement (MR) in 2002, which Ducarme led as president.

Brussels Minister-President[edit]

In 2003 he replaced his MR colleague François-Xavier de Donnéa as Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region, provoking considerable resentment among parties representing the Flemish-speaking community as he was essentially a monoglot Francophone, unlike his predecessors as Minister-President.

Resignation and succession[edit]

Ducarme resigned in 2004 following allegations of improprieties in his tax affairs by the newspaper Vers l'Avenir.[2] He was succeeded as Minister-President by Jacques Simonet and as president of the MR by Didier Reynders.

Later career[edit]

In 2006, Ducarme proposed to return to politics, wishing to stand in Schaarbeek on the MR list in the October 2006 elections, but was ultimately prevented from doing so. In apparent compensation he was appointed by Reynders to represent the MR as a roving ambassador abroad. Ducarme died of cancer on 28 August 2010.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Minister van staat Daniel Ducarme (56) overleden" (in Dutch). www.standaard.be. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "L'un s'en va, l'autre revient" (in French). RTBF. 10 January 2006. Archived from the original on 3 March 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2006. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
François-Xavier de Donnea
Minister-President of Brussels
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Jacques Simonet