Walloon politicians turn to Bouchez: ‘We are more than …


On Friday, twenty women from the Walloon Parliament and the Walloon government sent a signal to MR Chairman Georges-Louis Bouchez. Women from all political groups, including MR, posed in the corridors of the parliament in Namur for a photo with a clear message: “We are more than a quota.”

The message then went to social media. The politicians denounce Bouchez’s unpleasant decisions in appointing the new MR ministers. He wanted to send outgoing federal minister Denis Ducarme to the Walloon government, where ValĂ©rie De Bue was informed that she could dispose of it.

But the party chairman had lost sight of the women’s quota. With the departure of De Bue, the decree stipulated quota that one third of the Walloon government must be female would no longer be achieved. Result: De Bue finally remained in office and Ducarme has to make do with the faction leadership in the Chamber.

Musical chairs

The failed musical chairs could leave Minister De Bue feeling ‘saved’ by the quota. “We are more than a quota,” the group of Walloon politicians therefore encouraged her.

Strikingly, Minister of Budget Jean-Luc Crucke, one of the MR leaders in the Walloon government, also shared the photo via Twitter. Crucke himself was one of those present who shot the picture: ‘For a good cause, I discover my talents as a photographer. You are no doubt so much more than a quota. ‘ According to the rumor mill, Crucke threatened to resign on Thursday.

The resistance may not stay with this promotion. At the same time, a meeting of the MR group members is taking place in the Walloon Parliament, various sources confirm.

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