Elio Di Rupo

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Elio Di Rupo
Elio Di Rupo PES-Kongress 2014.jpg
Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
6 December 2011 – 11 October 2014
Monarch Albert II
Preceded by Yves Leterme
Succeeded by Charles Michel
Minister-President of Wallonia
In office
6 October 2005 – 20 July 2007
Preceded by André Antoine
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
In office
16 September 1999 – 6 December 2011
Preceded by Philippe Busquin
Succeeded by Thierry Giet
Personal details
Born (1951-07-18) 18 July 1951 (age 67)
Morlanwelz, Belgium
Political party Parti Socialiste
Alma mater University of Mons-Hainaut
University of Leeds
Religion Atheism

Elio Di Rupo (born 18 July 1951) is a Belgian politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Belgium from 2011 to 2014. He was the leader of Parti Socialiste. He was born in Morlanwelz, Wallonia to Italian parents. Di Rupo is openly gay.[1]

Di Rupo is the first openly gay man to lead a sovereign state. He was also the first openly gay man to win the position in his own right in an election.[2]

Di Rupo is also mayor of Mons and previously alderman of the same city.

He is an atheist and also a Freemason.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. BBC profile
  2. Broverman, Neal (6 December 2011). "World's First Full-Time Gay Male Leader: Belgium's Elio Di Rupo". The Advocate. 
  3. "Profile: Elio Di Rupo". Patrick Jackson. 5 December 2011. BBC