Sophie Wilmès

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Sophie Wilmes
Sophie Wilmès.jpg
52nd Prime Minister of Belgium
Assumed office
27 October 2019
MonarchPhilippe
DeputyDidier Reynders
Koen Geens
Alexander De Croo
David Clarinval
Preceded byCharles Michel
Minister of Budget
In office
1 October 2015 – 27 October 2019
Prime MinisterCharles Michel
Preceded byHervé Jamar
Succeeded byDavid Clarinval
Personal details
Born (1975-01-15) 15 January 1975 (age 45)
Ixelles, Belgium
Political partyReformist Movement
EducationSaint-Louis University, Brussels

Sophie Wilmès (French: [wilmɛːs]; born 15 January 1975) is a Belgian politician [1] who currently serves as Prime Minister of Belgium.[2] She is the first female head of government of Belgium.[3]

Biography[edit]

Wilmès was born to a Jewish mother[4] in the Ixelles municipality of the Brussels Capital Region.[5] She grew up in the town of Grez-Doiceau in Wallonia and studied in university in Brussels. She has a degree in applied communication and a degree in financial management (Saint-Louis University, Brussels). She worked as an economic and financial adviser in a law firm.

Personal life[edit]

In May 2009 Wilmès married Australian Chris Stone and they have three daughters Victoria, Charlotte, and Elizabeth. Stone has a son, Jonathan, from a previous relationship.[6]

Political career[edit]

In the year 2000, she became a councillor in Uccle.[7] From 2007 to 2014 Wilmès was First Alderman in charge of Finance, Budget, Francophone Education, Communication and Local Businesses for the town of Sint-Genesius-Rode. From 2014 to 2015 she was a provincial councillor for the province of Flemish Brabant. In 2014 she was elected to the Chamber of Representatives.

In September 2015, Hervé Jamar announced that he would resign on 1 October 2015 because he was selected as the governor of the province of Liège. Sophie Wilmès was selected to succeed him as minister of the budget in the Michel I Government.[8] In December 2018 she became Minister of Budget, Civil Service, National Lottery and Scientific Policy in the Michel II Government. On 27 October 2019 she became the first female Prime Minister of Belgium, succeeding Charles Michel.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belgian Federal Government". www.federal-government.be. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Federal Public Services and Public Planning Services (FPS and PPS) | Belgium.be". Belgium.be. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  3. ^ "De eerste vrouwelijke premier van België staat voor een ondankbare taak". demorgen.be (in Dutch).
  4. ^ "Belgium names first ever Jewish, female prime minister".
  5. ^ "Sophie Wilmès | MR | News". www.sophiewilmes.be. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  6. ^ Nizet, Pierre (28 October 2019). "Qui est vraiment Sophie Wilmès, notre nouvelle Première ministre" (in French). Sud Info. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  7. ^ "UK immigration officials sent to Zeebrugge in crackdown against organised smuggling". The Brussels Times. 29 October 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  8. ^ a b Rankin, Jennifer (28 October 2019). "Belgium gets first female PM as Sophie Wilmès takes office". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Michel
Prime Minister of Belgium
2019–present
Incumbent