Patrick Dewael

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Patrick Dewael
President of the Chamber of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
30 June 2014
Preceded by André Flahaut
In office
31 December 2008 – 19 July 2010
Preceded by Herman Van Rompuy
Succeeded by André Flahaut
Minister-President of Flanders
In office
13 July 1999 – 5 June 2003
Preceded by Luc Van den Brande
Succeeded by Renaat Landuyt (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1955-10-13) 13 October 1955 (age 58)
Lier, Belgium
Political party Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats
Alma mater Free University of Brussels, Dutch

Patrick Yvonne Hugo Dewael, (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpɑtrɪk dəˈwa.l], born 13 October 1955) in Lier, Belgium is a liberal Belgian politician. He is a member of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats, or Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten (VLD). He is the nephew of the late liberal minister Herman Vanderpoorten and the cousin of Marleen Vanderpoorten, who also served as Flemish minister of Education in the government led by Dewael. He obtained a degree in law and notariat from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium). Currently, he serves as the President of the Chamber of Representatives, a position he also held from 2008 to 2010.

Political career[edit]

He was first elected to the Belgian Parliament in 1985. From 1985 to 1992 Dewael served for the PVV as Flemish minister of Culture in the governments led by Gaston Geens (II, III and IV). After the defeat of the liberals at the 1992 elections, Dewael served as an opposition MP until the liberals regained power in 1999.

He was Minister-President of the regional government of Flanders from 1999 to 2003. After the Federal elections of 2003, Dewael resigned as Minister-President in order to serve as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior in the Belgian Federal government led by Guy Verhofstadt.

When Kurdish terrorist Fehriye Erdal was sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment by a Bruges court on 28 February 2006, it turned out that she had shaken off the Belgian secret service, which had had the responsibility of following her since 23 February 2006 (Erdal had been under house arrest since 2000). Both the Minister of Justice, Laurette Onkelinx, and the Minister of the Interior, Patrick Dewael came under fire for this incident.

He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Interior in the Leterme I Government, which took office on 20 March 2008.[1] On 31 December 2008, he became President of the Chamber of Representatives. He was replaced as Interior Minister by Guido De Padt.

Private life[edit]

Patrick Dewael lives in Tongeren, a town of which he is also the mayor.

Patrick Dewael is married to Marleen Van Doren, with whom he has three children. On 24 August 2005 Dewael released a press communiqué in which he announced that he was leaving his wife for VRT journalist Greet Op de Beeck.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "20 March 2008 – Royal Orders. Government – Dismissals – Appointments" (in Dutch/French). The Belgian Official Journal. 21 March 2008. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Luc Van den Brande
Minister-President of Flanders
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Renaat Landuyt
Acting
Preceded by
Herman Van Rompuy
President of the Chamber of Representatives
2008–2010
Succeeded by
André Flahaut
Preceded by
André Flahaut
President of the Chamber of Representatives
2014-present
Incumbent