Born: Apr 11, 1953 AD
Currently alive, at 61 years of age.
1953 - Born on April 11th in Dendermonde. Belgian politician.
1971 - Experienced his first political endeavors while at the University of Gand in Belgium.
1975 - Became active in the Liberale Vlaamse Studentenvereniging LVSV (Association of Liberal Flemish Students).
1979 - His first involvement with a national political party, when he was eventually elected President of the PVV-Jongeren (the youth section of the PVV).
1982 - Elected as the President of the PVV in January, when he received an impressive 85% of the votes.
- At the age of 29, this made Mr Verhofstadt the youngest political party president in the country.
1985-1988 - He continued his political career by serving as the Vice Premier Minister and Minister of Budget.
1989-1992 - Mr Verhofstadt wrote his first 'People's manifest', and then established the Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten VLD - De partij van de burger (the Liberal and the Democratic Flemmish Party - the party for the citizens).
1996 - He participated on the Rwanda Commission, a division of the Foreign Affairs Commission. His participation in the impressive success of the Commission's achievements was recognised by all parties.
1997 - Mr. Verhofstadt was reelected as the president of the VLD, putting him in an ideal position for the upcoming Prime Minister elections.
1999 - Won the election and the Liberal party in Belgium had a Prime Minister within their ranks for the first time in 61 years.
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