Paul Magnette

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Paul Magnette
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Minister-President of Wallonia
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 July 2014
Preceded by Rudy Demotte
Personal details
Born (1971-06-28) 28 June 1971 (age 43)
Leuven, Belgium
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater Free University of Brussels,
French

Paul Magnette (born 28 June 1971 in Leuven) is a Belgian politician for the PS and former political science professor at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He is the current Minister-President of Walloonia and the current mayor of Charleroi.

He studied political sciences at the ULB, and obtained a PhD in 1999 with a dissertation Citoyenneté et construction européenne. His research interest is on institutional policies, the European Union, and theories of democracy. In 2000, together with Eric Remacle, he was awarded the Exceptional Francqui Prize for European Research.[1][2]

On 20 July 2007, Magnette became minister for Health, Social Action and Equal Opportunity of the Walloon government. On 21 December 2007 Magnette became minister for Climate and Energy in the Verhofstadt III federal government. He held the post in the Leterme I Government[3] and held the same post of minister for Climate and Energy in the Van Rompuy I Government, which took office on 30 December 2008, and in the Leterme II Government (25 November 2009 to on 5 December 2011). In the Di Rupo Government, which took office on 6 December 2011, Magnette was Minister for Public Enterprises, Scientific Policy and Development Cooperation until 17 January 2013, when he formally resigned to become mayor of Charleroi and Chairman of the PS.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Thierry Giet
Acting
Leader of the Socialist Party
2013–current
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Rudy Demotte
Minister-President of Walloonia
2014–present
Incumbent