Verhofstadt I Government

The Verhofstadt I Government was the federal government of Belgium from 12 July 1999 to 12 July 2003.

Verhofstadt I Government

Cabinet of Belgium (since 1830)
Date formed12 July 1999
Date dissolved12 July 2003
People and organisations
Head of stateAlbert II of Belgium
Head of governmentGuy Verhofstadt
Member partyOpen Vld
PRL
PS
sp.a
Ecolo
Agalev
Status in legislaturePurple-green coalition
History
Election(s)1999
PredecessorDehaene II
SuccessorVerhofstadt II
Parliamentary support of the government

It was the first government headed by Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (VLD). It consisted of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD), the French-speaking Liberal Reformist Party (PRL), the Flemish Socialist Party (SP), the French-speaking Socialist Party (PS), the Flemish green party Agalev and the French-speaking green party Ecolo. Because it comprised liberals, socialists and greens it was also known as a "purple-green" coalition.

It was the first liberal-led coalition in Belgium since 1938, as well as the first since 1958 that did not include a Christian Democratic party. It was also the only coalition in Belgian history to have included green parties.