Els Borst

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Els Borst
Els Borst februari 2002.jpg
Els Borst in February 2002.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
In office
3 August 1998 – 22 July 2002
Serving with Annemarie Jorritsma
Prime MinisterWim Kok
Preceded byHans Dijkstal
Hans van Mierlo
Succeeded byJohan Remkes
Eduard Bomhoff
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
19 May 1998 – 3 August 1998
Parliamentary leader of the Democrats 66 in the House of Representatives
In office
7 May 1998 – 14 May 1998
Preceded byThom de Graaf
Succeeded byThom de Graaf
Party leader of the Democrats 66
In office
15 February 1998 – 14 May 1998
Preceded byHans van Mierlo
Succeeded byThom de Graaf
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
In office
22 August 1994 – 22 July 2002
Prime MinisterWim Kok
Preceded byHedy d'Ancona
Succeeded byEduard Bomhoff
Personal details
Born
Else Eilers

(1932-03-22)22 March 1932
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Died8 February 2014(2014-02-08) (aged 81)
Bilthoven, Utrecht, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyDemocrats 66 (since 1968)
Spouse(s)Jan Borst (m. 1960-1988; his death)
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam (Doctor of Medicine)
OccupationPolitician
Physician
Corporate director
Professor

Else "Els" Borst-Eilers (22 March 1932 – 8 February 2014) was a Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66) party.

Biography[change | change source]

Early life[change | change source]

Borst was born in Amsterdam, North Holland. She attended the Barlaeus Gymnasium of Amsterdam, graduating in 1950.

Career[change | change source]

Borst served as Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport from 22 August 1994 until 22 July 2002 in the Cabinets Kok I and II and Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 3 August 1998 until 22 July 2002 in the Second purple cabinet. For the Dutch general election of 1998 she was the lijsttrekker (top candidate) and served as Party leader from 15 February 1998 until 14 May 1998. The Democrats 66 lost ten seats and Borst became the Parliamentary leader of the Democrats 66 in House of Representatives, serving from 7 May 1998 until 14 May 1998 and a Member of the House of Representatives from 19 May 1998 until 3 August 1998.[1]

Death[change | change source]

Borst was found dead by a close friend on the evening of 10 February 2014 in the garage of her home in Bilthoven, Utrecht. She was aged 81.[2] On 13 February, police issued a release and stated that Borst was the victim of a murder. She died on 8 February.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Aletta Jacobsprijs voor Els Borst". Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2014. (Dutch)
  2. "Nog onduidelijkheid over dood Els Borst". Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014. (Dutch)
  3. "Dutch Police: Minister's Death Likely a Crime". ABC News. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.

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