|Minister-President of the French Community|
20 March 2008
|Preceded by||Marie Arena|
|Minister-President of Walloonia|
19 July 2007
|Preceded by||Elio Di Rupo|
3 June 1963 |
|Political party||Socialist Party|
|Alma mater||Free University of Brussels, French|
Rudy W.G. Demotte (born 3 June 1963 in Ronse) is a Belgian socialist politician and present Minister-President of Wallonia since 19 July 2007, replacing Elio Di Rupo, one month after a historical defeat of the socialists in the federal election. On 20 March 2008, he was also appointed Minister-President of the French Community, replacing Marie Arena.
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 became mayor of Flobecq in 2000.
Elio Di Rupo
|Minister-President of Walloonia
|Minister-President of the French Community