Verhofstadt I Government
|Verhofstadt I Government|
Cabinet of Belgium (since 1830)
|Date formed||12 July 1999|
|Date dissolved||12 July 2003|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Albert II of Belgium|
|Head of government||Guy Verhofstadt|
|Member party||Open Vld|
|Status in legislature||Purple-green coalition|
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.