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|Minister of the Interior|
6 December 2011 – 22 July 2014
|Prime Minister||Elio Di Rupo|
|Preceded by||Annemie Turtelboom|
|Succeeded by||Melchior Wathelet|
17 February 1961 |
|Political party||Humanist Democratic Centre|
|Alma mater||Catholic University of Louvain
University of Amsterdam
She studied classics at the Institute of the Sisters of Saint Andrew in Charleroi, before going on to graduate in law from the Université Catholique de Louvain in 1984. In 1985, she took a post-graduate diploma in European law at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA).
She started her career at the Bar in Brussels. From 1995 to 1999 she was a delegate to the Belgian Senate. She has been the president of the CDH party since, and played a prominent role in the 2007-2008 formation negotiations for the Leterme I Government. During the government formation negotiations she was given the nickname "Madame Non" (Mrs No) by the Flemish media (nl) for her fierce resistance against the constitutional reform that would give more autonomy to the different communities of Belgium.
She was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities in the Leterme I Government, which took office on 20 March 2008.
She was the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and for Equalities in the Di Rupo Government (2011-2014). In June 2014 she became minister of Lower education, Culture in the Government of the French Community.
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