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The Liberal Reformist Party (French: Parti Réformateur Libéral, PRL) was a liberal political party active in the Walloon Region and Brussels in Belgium. The PRL grew out of the Francophone part of the unitary liberal Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV-PLP) in 1971, and merged into the Reformist Movement (RM) in 2002.
Liberal Reformist Party Wikipedia
In 1971, the Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV-PLP), inheritor to the historical Liberal Party of Belgium, split into a Flemish and a Francophone party, anticipating the political devolution bill of 1980. Initially keeping the French version of the old party name (Parti de la liberté et du progrès), the party relaunched as the Party of Reforms and Freedom of Wallonia (Parti des réformes et de la liberté de Wallonie, PRLW) after taking over the Walloon Rally. In Brussels, the French-speaking Liberals co-operated intensively with the Democratic Front of the Francophones (FDF). In 1979, the Francophone liberals of the capital merged into the PRLW, which took the new name of Liberal Reformist Party (PRL).
The Walloon liberals participated in the federal government from 1973 to 1977 (Leburton governments I-II, Tindemans governments I-III), in 1980 (Martens government III), from 1981 to 1988 (Martens governments V-VII), and from 1999 to 2003 (Verhofstadt I Government).
In 1993, the PRL formed an alliance with the Democratic Front of the Francophones (FDF), a party standing up for the rights of French-speakers in and around Brussels. In 1998, the Citizens' Movement for Change, a split-off from the Christian Social Party, joined the alliance, making it the PRL-FDF-MCC Federation. On a congress in 2002, the German-speaking liberals of the Party for Freedom and Progress also joined and the alliance took the name of Reformist Movement (MR). After this congress, the PRL completely merged in the MR.1972 - 1973 : Milou Jeunehomme
1973 - 1979 : André Damseaux
1979 - 1982 : Jean Gol
1982 - 1990 : Louis Michel
1990 - 1992 : Antoine Duquesne and Daniel Ducarme (co-presidency)
1992 - 1995 : Jean Gol
1995 - 1999 : Louis Michel
1999 - 2003 : Daniel Ducarme
André Damseaux, party chairman 1973-1974, MEP, Prime Minister of the Walloon Region, 1982
Jean Defraigne, President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives 1980, 1981-1988
François-Xavier de Donnea, Defence Minister and Minister for the Brussels Region 1984-1988, Mayor of Brussels 1995-2000, Prime Minister of the Brussels Region 2000-2003
Antoine Duquesne, party chairman 1990-1992, Education Minister 1987-1988, Interior Minister of Belgium 1999-2003, MEP 2004-2009
Jean Gol, party chairman 1979-1981, Vice-Premier and Justice Minister of Belgium 1981-1988
Louis Michel, party chairman 1982-1990, 1995-1999, Foreign Minister 1999-2004, European Commissioner 2004-2009
Charles Poswick, Defence Minister 1966-1968, 1980, President of the Parliament of the French Community 1984-1985
Didier Reynders, chairman of the National Railway Company of Belgium 1986-1991, Finance Minister of Belgium 1999-2004
Jacques Simonet, Prime Minister of the Brussels Region 1999-2000, 2004
Pierre Van Halteren, Mayor of Brussels 1975-1982