Frits Korthals Altes

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His Excellency
Frits Korthals Altes
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President of the Senate of the Netherlands
In office
11 March 1997 – 2 October 2001
Preceded by Herman Tjeenk Willink
Succeeded by Gerrit Braks
Member of the Senate
In office
11 June 1991 – 2 October 2001
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the Senate
In office
13 June 1995 – 11 March 1997
Preceded by David Luteijn
Succeeded by Leendert Ginjaar
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
14 September 1989 – 11 June 1991
Minister of Justice
In office
4 November 1982 – 7 November 1989
Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers
Preceded by Job de Ruiter
Succeeded by Ernst Hirsch Ballin
Minister of the Interior
In office
26 January 1987 – 3 February 1987
Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers
Preceded by Kees van Dijk
Succeeded by Jan de Koning
Minister of the Interior
In office
20 February 1986 – 12 March 1986
Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers
Preceded by Koos Rietkerk
Succeeded by Rudolf de Korte
Member of the Senate
In office
10 June 1981 – 4 November 1982
Party chair of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
In office
15 March 1975 – 22 May 1981
Leader Hans Wiegel
Preceded by Haya van Someren
Succeeded by Jan Kamminga
Personal details
Born Frederik Korthals Altes
(1931-05-15) 15 May 1931 (age 84)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Spouse(s) Married
Children 3 sons
Residence Rotterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University (LL.M.)
Occupation Politician
Jurist
Lawyer
Religion Remonstrants

Frederik "Frits" Korthals Altes (born 15 May 1931) is a Dutch politician, who served as justice minister (1982–1989) during the first and second cabinets of prime minister Ruud Lubbers. He is an honorary member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).[1]

Korthals Altes studied law at Leiden University, obtaining a degree in 1957 and then becoming practitioner for several years. In 1975, he became a chairman of the VVD, and he was elected to the Dutch Senate in 1981. He became a justice minister in the first and second cabinets of prime minister Ruud Lubbers, and was temporarily Minister of the Interior after minister Koos Rietkerk died suddenly in office.

After the second Lubbers cabinet fell because of a parliamentary motion of no confidence by the VVD faction, new elections were called, and Korthals Altes was elected to the Dutch House of Representatives. In 1991, he was elected back again to the Dutch Senate, where he became a Chairman of the Senate in 1997. From 1990 to 1997, he was also practising law again, with the Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh.

With his resignation from the senate in 2001, he was nominated as Minister of State. Earlier in 1997, the VVD gave him an honorary membership. From 1997 until 2001, he was President of the Senate. The Dutch Queen nominated Korthals Altes, alongside Rein Jan Hoekstra (CDA), as informateur, after a first round of talks between the CDA and Labour Party (PvdA) to form a new cabinet failed. The second Balkenende cabinet between the VVD, CDA and D66, was installed in May 2003.

Korthals Altes chaired a commission in 2007 that looked into the Dutch election process. The final report of the commission advised the government to abandon electronic voting machines, as they lack a paper trail.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. F. (Frits) Korthals Altes". Parlement & Politiek (Dutch). Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
Preceded by
Herman Tjeenk Willink
President of the Senate of the Netherlands
1997-2001
Succeeded by
Gerrit Braks