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The Minister-President of Flanders (Dutch: Minister-president van Vlaanderen) is the head of the Flemish Government, which is the executive branch of the Flemish Region and Flemish Community (see the communities, regions and language areas of Belgium).

Minister-President of Flanders
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Executive branch of the Flemish Government
Member ofFlemish Government
ResidenceErrera House
Koningsstraat 14
Brussels, Belgium
SeatMartyrs' Square 19
Brussels, Belgium
AppointerKing of the Belgians
Term lengthFive years
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Belgium
PrecursorPresident of the Flemish Executive
Inaugural holderGaston Geens
Formation22 December 1981
DeputyLiesbeth Homans
Hilde Crevits
Annemie Turtelboom
Salary€242,000 annually[1]
Websitehttp://www.flanders.be/

The incumbent Minister-President is Geert Bourgeois, head of the Bourgeois Government (Regering-Bourgeois) since July 2014.

The Errera House, the official residence of the Flemish minister-president and ministers
The cabinet offices are located at the Martyrs' Square in Brussels

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AppointmentEdit

Following the election of the Flemish Parliament, a Flemish Government is formed with a maximum of eleven ministers. The largest party in the government coalition may choose the minister-president. Following the oath of office of all ministers before the Flemish Parliament, the minister-president alone takes the oath of office before the King as well.

Regional elections are held every 5 years. The Flemish Parliament was elected directly for the first time in 1995. Prior to 1995, the members of the Flemish Parliament were the members of the Dutch language group of the Federal Parliament of Belgium.

ListEdit

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Party Election Government
1 Gaston Geens
(1931–2002)
22 December 1981 21 January 1992 CVP 1981 Geens I CVP, PVV, SP, VU
1985 Geens II CVP, PVV
1987 Geens III CVP, PVV
Geens IV CVP, SP, PVV, VU
2   Luc Van den Brande
(born 1945)
21 January 1992 13 July 1999 CVP 1991 Van den Brande I CVP, SP
Van den Brande II CVP, SP, VU
Van den Brande III CVP, SP, VU
1995 Van den Brande IV CVP, SP
3 Patrick Dewael
(born 1955)
13 July 1999 5 June 2003 VLD 1999 Dewael VLD, SP, Agalev, VU-ID
4   Bart Somers
(born 1964)
11 June 2003 20 July 2004 VLD Somers VLD, sp.a, Groen!, Spirit
5   Yves Leterme
(born 1960)
20 July 2004 28 June 2007 CVP 2004 Leterme CVP, sp.a-Spirit, VLD-Vivant, N-VA
6   Kris Peeters
(born 1962)
28 June 2007 25 July 2014 CVP Peeters I CD&V, sp.a-Spirit, VLD, N-VA
2009 Peeters II CD&V, sp.a, N-VA
7   Geert Bourgeois
(born 1951)
25 July 2014 Incumbent N-VA 2014 Bourgeois N-VA, CD&V, Open Vld

TimelineEdit

Geert BourgeoisKris PeetersYves LetermeBart SomersPatrick DewaelLuc Van den BrandeGaston Geens 

Living former Minister-PresidentsEdit

Minister-Presidents often go on to join the Federal Government: e.g. Patrick Dewael and Kris Peeters became federal Minister, and Yves Leterme even Prime Minister.

Name Term Date of birth Age
Luc Van den Brande 1992-1999 13 October 1945 73 years, 6 months
Patrick Dewael 1999-2003 13 October 1955 63 years, 6 months
Bart Somers 2003-2004 12 May 1964 54 years, 11 months
Yves Leterme 2004-2007 6 October 1960 58 years, 7 months
Kris Peeters 2007-2014 18 May 1962 56 years, 11 months

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geen manager mag meer verdienen dan Kris Peeters, Het Nieuwsblad, Retrieved 2014-07-24.