Francophone liberals have a new leader

The 35-year-old son of the former European Development Aid Commission Louis Michel has been elected leader of the Francophone liberal party. Charles Michel, who is currently the Development Aid Minister in Belgium’s Federal Government. Mr Michel beat off his challenger, the leader of the Francophone liberal Group in the Chamber of Representatives, Daniel Bacquelaine and took 55% of the 17,834 votes cast. Just over half (53%) of party members voted.

Mr Michel and Mr Bacquelaine were the only two candidates to take over the leadership of the Francophone liberals.

There had originally been 7 candidates to take over the reigns from Didier Reynders but five of them dropped out.

Mr Bacquelaine congratulated Mr Michel and promised to support him.

Mr Michel will take over the leadership of the Francophone liberals from Didier Reynders on 14 February.

His term as leader will run for four years.