- Elio Di Rupo
Elio Di Rupo Minister-President of Wallonia In office
6 October 2005 – 20 July 2007
Preceded by André Antoine (Acting) Succeeded by Rudy Demotte In office
15 July 1999 – 4 April 2000
Preceded by Robert Collignon Succeeded by Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe Leader of the Socialist Party Incumbent Assumed office
16 September 1999
Preceded by Philippe Busquin Personal details Born 18 July 1951
Political party Socialist Party Alma mater University of Mons-Hainaut Profession Chemist
Elio Di Rupo is the son of Italian immigrants. His father died when he was one year old, and his mother had to take care of the seven children. For financial reasons, three of the children had to be placed in an orphanage, located at a kilometre's distance of where the family lived in Morlanwelz.
He started his political career as an attache at the cabinet of Jean-Maurice Dehousse in 1980-1981.
Elio Di Rupo is a flamboyant left-winger, and is widely considered to have played a major part in the resurgence of the PS. He is widely known to always wear red bow ties.
His political career started in 1982. He is a deputy (MP) for the Arrondissement of Mons in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives. He once described François Mitterrand as being "a character from a novel".
In October 2005, he became Minister-President of the Walloon Region after Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe resigned amid a corruption scandal, involving several members of Di Rupo's party. Di Rupo continued as party leader though and has had to deal with the PS's ICDI affair that emerged in May 2006.
In 2006 and 2007, Di Rupo and its party appeared unsuccessful in trying to clean out corruption. This was probably instrumental in the party's losing its first place amongst French community parties 2007 federal election. Di Rupo then decided to take a firmer stance against corruption in Charleroi: he virtually took control of the city's Socialist Party and ordered the Socialist mayor and aldermen to resign.
After former PS president Guy Spitaels urged him to choose between the presidency of the party and of the Walloon Region, Di Rupo decided to organize internal elections for party president in July 2007 rather than in October of that year and announced that he would resign from his mandate as Minister-President if re-elected. On July 11, 2007, Di Rupo was reelected president of the Socialist Party with 89.5% of the votes.
Following the 2010 Belgian general election, in which the PS emerged as the largest of the Francophone parties and the second largest political party in Belgium, speculation emerged as to whether Di Rupo could be the Prime Minister in a new government. The RTBF raised questions, however, about whether Di Rupo's limited fluency in Dutch would be a stumbling block in seeking that office, since this was one of the reasons why a francophone has not held the prime minister's post since 1979. In May 2011, he was appointed Formateur by the Belgian king, which gave Di Rupo the task of forming a government. Traditionally, the Formateur will also become the Prime Minister of the government he formed.
- (French) Official blog of Elio Di Rupo
- (French) Elio Di Rupo
- (French) Elio Di Rupo on the website of the Walloon government
- (French) Interview with Di Rupo
- (Dutch) Elio Di Rupo
Political offices Preceded by
Minister-President of Wallonia
Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe
Minister-President of Wallonia
Party political offices Preceded by
Leader of the Socialist Party
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