Rudy Demotte

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Rudy Demotte
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Minister-President of the French Community
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 March 2008
Preceded by Marie Arena
Minister-President of Wallonia
In office
19 July 2007 – 22 July 2014
Preceded by Elio Di Rupo
Succeeded by Paul Magnette
Personal details
Born (1963-06-03) 3 June 1963 (age 51)
Ronse, Belgium
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater Université libre de Bruxelles

Rudy W.G. Demotte (born 3 June 1963 in Ronse) is a Belgian socialist politician and present Minister-President of the French Community

He was previously also Minister-President of Wallonia (2007-2014), replacing Elio Di Rupo, one month after a historical defeat of the socialists in the federal election.

Of mixed Flemish and Walloon descent, Rudy Demotte is one of the few Walloon politicians to be perfectly bilingual in French and Dutch.

From 1988 to 1990 he served on the cabinet of the Minister of Social Affairs. He was first elected to the Belgian House of Representatives in 1995 and was reflected in 1999 and 2003. In 1999, he became the federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Scientific Research. In 2002, he became the Minister for Budget, Culture and Sport of the French Community of Belgium. From July 2003 to 2007, he became Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health in the federal government.

Having served as a council member from 1994 on, he was mayor of Flobecq (2000-2012). Having moved, since 2013 Demotte is mayor of Tournai.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elio Di Rupo
Minister-President of Wallonia
2007–2014
Succeeded by
Paul Magnette
Preceded by
Marie Arena
Minister-President of the French Community
2008–present
Incumbent