Line-up of new Belgian PM's coalition government

26th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

The government of new Belgian prime minister Yves Leterme, named for the post on Wednesday, is almost a carbon copy of the one of his predecessor with only one new face in the line-up.

BRUSSELS - Leterme was appointed prime minister after Herman Van Rompuy last week became president of the European Union.

In the most significant change, Leterme's own previous portfolio of foreign affairs was given to former public affairs minister, Flemish Christian Democrat Steven Vanackere.

Vanackere's post was filled by newcomer Inge Vervotte, from the same party.

The government is a coalition of five parties, two of them from Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north and three from francophone Wallonia.



PRIME MINISTER: Yves Leterme (Flemish Christian Democratic, CDV)



Minister of Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reform: Steven Vanackere (CDV)

Minister of Finance and Institutional Reform: Didier Reynders (Reform Movement, MR)

Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health: Laurette Onkelinx (Socialist Party, PS)

Minister of Employment and Equal Opportunities, in charge of migration and asylum policy: Joelle Milquet (Humanist and Democratic Centre, CDH)

Minister of Budget: Guy Vanhengel (Flemish Liberals and Democrats, VLD)



Defence: Pieter De Crem (CDV)

Interior: Annemie Turtelboom (VLD)

Justice: Stefaan De Clerck (CDV)

Climate and Energy: Paul Magnette (PS)

Pensions and Cities: Michel Daerden (PS)

Self-employed, Agriculture and Science: Sabine Laruelle (MR)

Development Cooperation: Charles Michel (MR)

Civil Service and Public Enterprises: Inge Vervotte (CDV)

Enterprise and Administrative Simplification: Vincent Van Quickenborne (VLD)



European Affairs: Olivier Chastel (MR)

Mobility: Etienne Schouppe (CDV)

Combating Fraud: Carl Devlies (CDV)

Modernisation of Finances and Combat of Fiscal Fraud: Bernard Clerfayt (MR)

Budget, Migration and Asylum Policy, Family and Cultural Institutions: Melchior Wathelet (CDH)

Disabled Persons: Jean-Marc Delizee (PS)

Social integration and combating poverty: Philippe Courard (PS)


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