Patrick Dewael

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Patrick Dewael
President of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
30 June 2014 – 14 October 2014
Preceded byAndré Flahaut
Succeeded bySiegfried Bracke
In office
31 December 2008 – 19 July 2010
Preceded byHerman Van Rompuy
Succeeded byAndré Flahaut
Minister of the Interior
In office
12 July 2003 – 22 December 2008
Prime MinisterGuy Verhofstadt
Yves Leterme
Preceded byAntoine Duquesne
Succeeded byGuido De Padt
Minister-President of Flanders
In office
13 July 1999 – 5 June 2003
Preceded byLuc Van den Brande
Succeeded byRenaat Landuyt (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1955-10-13) 13 October 1955 (age 63)
Lier, Belgium
Political partyOpen Flemish Liberals and Democrats
Alma materFree University of Brussels, Dutch

Patrick Yvonne Hugo Dewael, (Dutch: [ˈpɑtrɪg dəˈʋaːl];[1] born 13 October 1955 in Lier, Belgium) is a liberal Belgian politician. He is a member of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats, or Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten (VLD). He is the nephew of the late liberal minister Herman Vanderpoorten and the cousin of Marleen Vanderpoorten, who also served as Flemish minister of Education in the government led by Dewael. He obtained a degree in law and notariat from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium). Currently, he serves as the President of the Chamber of Representatives, a position he also held from 2008 to 2010.

Political career[edit]

He was first elected to the Belgian Parliament in 1985. From 1985 to 1992 Dewael served for the PVV as Flemish minister of Culture in the governments led by Gaston Geens (II, III and IV). After the defeat of the liberals at the 1992 elections, Dewael served as an opposition MP until the liberals regained power in 1999.

He was Minister-President of the regional government of Flanders from 1999 to 2003. After the Federal elections of 2003, Dewael resigned as Minister-President in order to serve as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior in the Belgian Federal government led by Guy Verhofstadt.

When Kurdish militant Fehriye Erdal was sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment by a Bruges court on 28 February 2006, it turned out that she had shaken off the Belgian secret service, which had had the responsibility of following her since 23 February 2006 (Erdal had been under house arrest since 2000). Both the Minister of Justice, Laurette Onkelinx, and the Minister of the Interior, Patrick Dewael came under fire for this incident.

He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Interior in the Leterme I Government, which took office on 20 March 2008.[2] On 31 December 2008, he became President of the Chamber of Representatives. He was replaced as Interior Minister by Guido De Padt.

Private life[edit]

Patrick Dewael lives in Tongeren, a town of which he is also the mayor.

Patrick Dewael was married to Marleen Van Doren, with whom he has three children. On 24 August 2005 Dewael released a press communiqué in which he announced that he was leaving his wife for VRT journalist Greet Op de Beeck [nl].

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick in isolation: [ˈpɑtrɪk].
  2. ^ "20 March 2008 – Royal Orders. Government – Dismissals – Appointments" (PDF) (in Dutch and French). The Belgian Official Journal. 21 March 2008. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Koninklijk Besluit nationale orden bij koninklijke besluiten van 26 mei 2014 zijn de hierna vermelde leden van het europees parlement bevorderd of benoemd : leopoldsorde grootofficier mevr. durant isabelle, ondervoorzitster van het europees parlement r de heer belet ivo,".
  4. ^ web, Segretariato generale della Presidenza della Repubblica-Servizio sistemi informatici- reparto. "Le onorificenze della Repubblica Italiana".

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Political offices
Preceded by
Luc Van den Brande
Minister-President of Flanders
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Renaat Landuyt
Acting
Preceded by
Antoine Duquesne
Minister of the Interior
2003–2008
Succeeded by
Guido De Padt
Preceded by
Herman Van Rompuy
President of the Chamber of Representatives
2008–2010
Succeeded by
André Flahaut
Preceded by
André Flahaut
President of the Chamber of Representatives
2014
Succeeded by
Siegfried Bracke