Speaker of the Flemish Parliament

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Jan Peumans, speaker since 2009

The Speaker of the Flemish Parliament (Dutch: Voorzitter van het Vlaams Parlement) is the presiding member of the Flemish Parliament, which is the legislature of Flanders (Belgium). The Speaker is elected at the beginning of each parliamentary year, on the fourth Monday in September. The Speaker chairs the plenary sessions of the Flemish Parliament and acts as its official representative. He or she determines whether a certain initiative is admissible and thus can be put to parliament at all. The Flemish Ministers take the oath before the Speaker of the Flemish Parliament. Only the head of the Flemish government, the Minister-President of Flanders, takes the oath before the King. The Speaker also presides over the Bureau and the Extended Bureau of the Flemish Parliament. He or she is assisted by four Deputy Speakers.

The current Speaker of the Flemish Parliament is Jan Peumans of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA).

List of Speakers of the Flemish Parliament[edit]

No. Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. Robert Vandekerckhove 7 December 1971 9 May 1974 Christian People's Party
2. Jan Bascour 9 May 1974 14 June 1977 Party for Freedom and Progress
3. Maurits Coppieters 14 June 1977 24 April 1979 People's Union
4. Henri Boel 24 April 1979 22 December 1981 Belgian Socialist Party / Socialist Party
5. Jean Pede 22 December 1981 3 December 1985 Party for Freedom and Progress
6. Frans Grootjans 3 December 1985 13 December 1987 Party for Freedom and Progress
7. Jean Pede 2 February 1988 18 October 1988 Party for Freedom and Progress
8. Louis Vanvelthoven 18 October 1988 13 January 1994 Socialist Party
9. Eddy Baldewijns 13 January 1994 13 June 1995 Socialist Party
10. Norbert De Batselier 13 June 1995 12 July 2006 Socialist Party – Different
11. Marleen Vanderpoorten 13 July 2006 July 2009 Flemish Liberals and Democrats
12. Jan Peumans July 2009 Incumbent New Flemish Alliance

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