|File:Charles Michel (politician).jpg|
|Prime Minister of Belgium|
11 October 2014
|Preceded by||Elio Di Rupo|
|Leader of the Reformist Movement|
14 February 2011 – 10 October 2014
|Preceded by||Didier Reynders|
|Succeeded by||Olivier Chastel|
|Minister of Development Cooperation|
21 December 2007 – 14 February 2011
|Prime Minister||Guy Verhofstadt
Herman Van Rompuy
|Preceded by||Armand De Decker|
|Succeeded by||Olivier Chastel|
21 December 1975 |
|Political party||Reformist Movement|
|Domestic partner||Amélie Derbaudrenghien|
|Alma mater||Free University
University of Amsterdam
Charles Michel (French: [ʃaʁl mi.ʃɛl]; born 21 December 1975) is the current Prime Minister of Belgium. He is the son of Louis Michel, also a prominent politician. Charles Michel was the leader of the francophone liberal party Mouvement Réformateur (MR) since February 2011 until becoming Prime Minister. Michel is the youngest Belgian Prime Minister since 1845.
Michel started his political career aged 16 when he joined the Young Liberals of Jodoigne (Jeunes Réformateurs Libéraux de Jodoigne); his father Louis Michel was mayor of Jodoigne since 1983. In 1994, at the age of 18, Charles Michel was elected provincial councillor in Walloon Brabant.
Having studied in Amsterdam, he is fluent in Dutch in addition to his native French.
At the local level, he was elected city councillor in Wavre in 2000. In 2006, he became mayor of the city.
After the June 2009 regional elections, Michel was part of a group demanding the MR leader Didier Reynders to step down. After the party suffered further losses in the June 2010 federal elections, Reynders eventually stepped down. Charles Michel then announced his candidacy for leader of MR. In January 2011 he was elected leader of the Mouvement Réformateur, for which he resigned as Minister for Development Cooperation. Charles Michel and Didier Reynders are longtime rivals within their party.
Prime Minister of Belgium
After the 2014 federal elections, Michel became co-formateur in the 2014 Belgian government formation. When CD&V chose the position of European Commissioner for Marianne Thyssen over the position of Prime Minister for Kris Peeters, it became clear that Michel would become the next government leader. When on 7 October 2014 an overall agreement was reached between four parties to form a new government, Michel was formally proposed to lead the Michel Government with Kris Peeters as one of the four Deputy Prime Ministers. Michel is the youngest Belgian cabinet leader since 1841 and the youngest ever with the title of Prime Minister of Belgium. He is only the second Francophone liberal to become Prime Minister, the other being Paul-Émile Janson.
As of 2016, Michel is the only Western leader who has a beard.
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Armand De Decker
|Minister of Development Cooperation
Elio Di Rupo
|Prime Minister of Belgium
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Reformist Movement