Liberal Party (Belgium)

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Liberal Party
Historical presidents Albert Mechelynck (first)
Omer Vanaudenhove (last)
Founded 1846
Dissolved 1961
Succeeded by Party for Freedom and Progress
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium
Trade Union's wing General Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium
Ideology Liberalism
International affiliation Liberal International
Colours      Blue

The Liberal Party (Dutch: Liberale Partij, French: Parti libéral) was a Belgian political party that existed from 1846 until 1961, when it became the Party for Freedom and Progress, Partij voor Vrijheid en Vooruitgang/Parti de la Liberté et du Progrès or PVV-PLP, under the leadership of Omer Vanaudenhove.


The Liberal Party was founded in 1846 and as such was the first political party of Belgium. Walthère Frère-Orban wrote the first charter for the new party. From 1887 until 1900, The Progressive Party (French: Parti Progressiste, Dutch: Progressieve Partij) existed as a separate progressive Liberal party.


Notable members[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Liberal Archive
  • Th. Luykx, M. Platel, Politieke geschiedenis van België, 2 vol., Kluwer, 1985
  • E. Witte, J. Craeybeckx, A. Meynen, Politieke geschiedenis van België, Standaard, 1997