The prime minister is known, but who will his ministers be? We will probably only know that tonight after the party congresses. At noon, the negotiators meet again to divide the portfolios. In any case, they will be many new faces, with little management experience and a few old acquaintances. These are the contenders.
Now that De Croo seizes the Sixteen, it is almost certain that his government will have 15 ministers: 8 Flemish and 7 French speakers. Supplemented by a series of state secretaries. Six was previously suspected. But it will probably be four, just like with Michel I.
Chairman Egbert Lachaert was not quite out late on Tuesday evening. Vincent Van Quickenborne seems certain as deputy prime minister, if he catches a power that lies with him. It was not possible to find a female secretary of state from the provinces of Antwerp or Flemish Brabant. Gwendolyn Rutten is difficult. “It’s not going between her and De Croo.” Eva De Bleeker from Hoeilaart is on Lachaert’s list, just like Sihame El Kaouakibi.
That Sammy Mahdi has great ambitions is the only thing that is certain at CD&V. Asylum and Migration could become his thing. But who will become Deputy Prime Minister after the departure of Koen Geens? This seems to be between current Minister of Work Nathalie Muylle and party leader Servais Verherstraeten. Vincent Van Peteghem from East Flanders has a great chance of becoming a minister. Els Van Hoof is also mentioned here and there. Living legend Inge Vervotte would also have been asked, but often said no to a comeback.
Not clear. President Conner Rousseau is allegedly targeting a white rabbit from the social sector. But Leuven’s mayor Mo Ridouani, Antwerp alderman Jinnih Beels or MPs Meryame Kitir and Joris Vandenbroucke could also become ministers. Former Ford worker Kitir was named as Secretary of Work yesterday.
With Groen, the inventors of the member democracy, the chairman is not the kingmaker. A working group with three tenors has been appointed to screen a number of profiles. Kristof Calvo seems to be the deputy and Tinne Van der Straeten from Brussels would become the best energy minister according to friend and foe. But what does chairman Meyrem Almaci do? In the party she is under discussion. Becoming a minister seems like the ideal escape plan. At least if the framework accepts that.
MR, PS, Ecolo
Among the French-speaking liberals, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès will almost certainly become Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Budget Minister David Clarinval has the best cards for surviving the battlefield under the seat MR Excellencies.
The PS probably opts for Pierre-Yves Dermagne, unknown in Flanders, as vice. The Walloon minister is a confidant of Paul Magnette and has a clean image. Frédéric Daerden has his family name against it, but has remained out of the picture in the Publifin affair in recent years. Karine Lalieux and Nawal Ben Hamou are mentioned as possible female ministers from Brussels. A rumor that Laurette Onkelinx would be taken out of the stable is not confirmed.
At Ecolo, Member of Parliament Georges Gilkinet is a certainty as Deputy Prime Minister. Whether Zakia Khattabi will be the other minister remains to be seen.
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