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Yves Leterme

Personal data
Date of birth6 October 1960(age 56)
Place of birthWervik, Belgium
Political partyChristian Democratic and Flemish
SpouseSofie Haesen
Alma materCatholic University of Leuven
Ghent University
ProfessionCivil servant
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Prime Minister of Belgium
Assumed office25 November 2009
MonarchAlbert II
DeputySee list
Didier Reynders (Finance and Institutional Reforms)
Laurette Onkelinx (Social Affairs and Health)
Steven Vanackere (Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reforms)
Joëlle Milquet (Employment and Equal Opportunities)
Guy Vanhengel (Budget)
Succeeded byTo be determined
Preceded byHerman Van Rompuy
In office20 March 2008 - 30 December 2008
MonarchAlbert II
DeputySee list
Didier Reynders (Finance)
Patrick Dewael (Interior)
Jo Vandeurzen (Justice)
Laurette Onkelinx (Social Affairs)
Joëlle Milquet (Employment)
Succeeded byHerman Van Rompuy
Preceded byGuy Verhofstadt
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office17 July 2009 - 25 November 2009
Prime ministerHerman Van Rompuy
Succeeded bySteven Vanackere
Preceded byKarel De Gucht
Minister-President of Flanders
In office20 July 2004 - 28 June 2007
Succeeded byKris Peeters
Preceded byBart Somers

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Yves Camille Désiré Leterme (-nliːf ləˈtɛʀmə-; born 6 October 1960) is a Flemish Belgian politician, a leader of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party (CD&V), and the 48th Prime Minister of Belgium.

Leterme was the Prime Minister of Belgium from March 2008 to December 2008. He has formerly been Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget, Institutional Reforms, Transport and the North Sea in the Belgian federal government. He is also a former Minister-President of Flanders and Flemish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. Despite his French name, Leterme is Flemish. He is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

On 14 July 2008, facing the imminent failure to meet a self imposed deadline to enact "constitutional reform" consisting of further devolution of powers to the nation's three linguistic communities, Leterme tendered his resignation to King Albert II, the head of state. On 17 July, King Albert, after holding a flurry of consultations with leaders of political parties, labor unions, and the employers' association, rejected Leterme's resignation. Instead, the king appointed a three person commission of representatives of the linguistic communities to investigate how to restart the reform process. The commission was to report to the king by 31 July 2008.

On 19 December 2008 he offered his resignation to King Albert II after a crisis surrounding the sale of Fortis to BNP Paribas. On 22 December 2008 King Albert II accepted his resignation, along with that of his entire government. He remained Prime Minister until 30 December, when Herman Van Rompuy was appointed as his successor. On 24 November 2009, it was announced that Leterme would once again become Prime Minister, succeeding Van Rompuy, who had been selected to become the first President of the European Council.

On 22 April 2010 he once again offered his resignation to King Albert II after a key Flemish party Open VLD withdrew its support for the coalition government. An election followed in June, and since then Belgium's political parties have been attempting to negotiate a governing coalition. Leterme has remained as caretaker Prime Minister, but on September 13, 2011 announced that he would leave the post by the end of the year to take up the position of deputy secretary-general at the OECD.


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