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Edmond Jules Isidore Leburton (18 April 1915 – 15 June 1997)[1][2][3][4] was a Belgian politician and former Prime Minister.

Edmond Leburton
42nd Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
26 January 1973 – 25 April 1974
Preceded byGaston Eyskens
Succeeded byLeo Tindemans
President of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
7 June 1977 – 3 April 1979
Preceded byAndré Dequae
Succeeded byCharles-Ferdinand Nothomb
Personal details
Born(1915-04-18)18 April 1915
Waremme, Belgium
Died15 June 1997(1997-06-15) (aged 82)
Waremme, Belgium
Political partySocialist Party
Charlotte (Joniaux) Leburton (m. 1947)
ChildrenJean-Pierre Leburton

He first entered Parliament representing Huy, Belgium.


Prime Minister of BelgiumEdit

Leburton served as the 42nd Prime Minister of Belgium from January 1973 to April 1974. A number of reforms were carried out under Leburton's government, including a law on 'prolonged minority' (June 1973) to safeguard people with mental disabilities, the introduction of annual adjustments to pensions to the level of economic prosperity (March 1973), and the passage of an Act which strengthened the rights of tenants (November 1973). In addition, improvements were made to various social welfare benefits. He was the last native French speaker to hold that office, disregarding the bilingual Paul Vanden Boeynants from Brussels, until Elio Di Rupo took office in December 2011. He was a member of the Socialist Party. Leburton was also the last member of that party to hold the office of Prime Minister until Elio Di Rupo.

Personal lifeEdit

On 20 December 1947, Leburton married Charlotte (Joniaux) (born 20 August 1922) and had two sons, Jean-Pierre (born 4 March 1949), and Eddy (born 28 July 1951).[5] He died on 15 June 1997 in Waremme, aged 82.[6]


The list of all Honours is published on the carte de Deuil, 1997.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gaston Eyskens
Prime Minister of Belgium
Succeeded by
Leo Tindemans
Preceded by
André Dequae
President of the Chamber of Representatives
Succeeded by
Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb