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Verhofstadt, Guy

Born: 1953 AD
Currently alive, at 62 years of age.
Nationality: Belgian
Categories: Politician

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.