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Théo Lefèvre in 1964
|39th Prime Minister of Belgium|
25 April 1961 – 28 July 1965
|Preceded by||Gaston Eyskens|
|Succeeded by||Pierre Harmel|
17 January 1914|
|Died||18 September 1973
|Political party||Christian Social Party|
Théodore Joseph Albéric Marie "Théo" Lefèvre (17 January 1914 – 18 September 1973) was a lawyer at the Ghent court of justice. In 1946 he became deputy of the Belgian parliament for the PSC-CVP. Between 25 April 1961 and 28 July 1965 he was the 39th Prime Minister of Belgium.
In September 1950 Lefèvre became Chairman of the PSC-CVP (1950-1961). In December 1958 he was appointed a Minister of State.
In 1961, after the fall of the fourth government of Gaston Eyskens and the following snap election, Lefèvre became Prime Minister of a coalition government with the Belgian socialists. During this period, the Belgian army intervened in Congo (Operation Dragon Rouge). His government encountered heavy opposition and the planned health care reform only succeeded due to large concessions made by the government. Having become unpopular, Lefèvre lost the elections of 1965 and was excluded from the next government, which was a coalition government of Christian-democrats and liberals.
In 1968 Lefèvre was again included in the government led by Gaston Eyskens (Eyskens V) as a minister without portfolio, charged with scientific policy (1968-1972). In 1972 (Eyskens VI) he became state secretary for scientific policy (Jan. 1972 - Jan 1973).
- Minister of State, by royal Decree.
- Commander in the Order of Leopold.
- Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Crown.
- Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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