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Belgian government official

Melchior WATHELET, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Economic Affairs.


WATHELET, Melchior was born on March 6, 1949 in Petit-Rechain.


University of Liège, Bachelor of Law and of Economic Science. University of Harvard, USA, Master of Law, 1976.


Local Councillor for Verviers, since 1977. Deputy for Verviers, since 1977. Political Secretary, Christian Social Party, 1979.

Leader of Christian Social Party Group at Cultural Council, 1979-1980. Member of Commissions of Justice, National Education and Scholastic Treaty. Secretary of State for Walloon Regional Economy and for Housing, 1980-1981.

Minister of New Technology and of Small Businesses of Regional Planning and of Forests in Wallonia, December 1981 until December 1985. Ministerial Pres, of Walloon Regional Executive, responsible for New Technology, Foreign Relations, General Business and Personnel, December 1985 - February 1988. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and the Middle Classes, May since 1988.

Researcher at Liège University, 1973-1977. Senior Lecturer at Liège University.