Mouvement Réformateur

Mouvement Réformateur
Mouvement Réformateur
Leader Charles Michel
Founded 21 March 2002
Preceded by None
Headquarters National Secretariat
Avenue de la Toison D'Or 84-86
Brussels, Belgium
Ideology Liberalism[1],
Classical liberalism,
Social liberalism
International affiliation Liberal International
European affiliation European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party
European Parliament Group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Cartel with MCC
Official colours Blue
Flemish counterpart Open VLD
German-speaking counterpart Party for Freedom and Progress
Politics of Belgium
Political parties

The Reformist Movement (French: Mouvement Réformateur, MR) is a French-speaking liberal political party in Belgium. The party was in coalition as part of the Leterme II Government, and was also part of the governing coalition in the Walloon Region and Brussels-Capital Region until the 2004 regional elections. From the 2007 general election, the MR was the largest Francophone political formation in Belgium, a position that was regained by the Socialist Party in the 2010 general election.

The MR is a tightly knit alliance between three French-speaking and one German-speaking liberal parties. The Liberal Reformist Party (PRL) and the regionalist Francophone Democratic Federalists (FDF) started the alliance in 1993, and were joined in 1998 by the progressive Christian democratic Citizens' Movement for Change (MCC). The alliance was then known as the PRL-FDF-MCC federation. The alliance became the MR during a congress in 2002, where the German-speaking liberal party, the Party for Freedom and Progress joined as well.[2] The label PRL is no longer used, and the three other parties still use their own names. The MR is member of Liberal International and the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party. However, on 25 September 2011, the FDF decided to leave the coalition. They did not agree with the manner in which president Charles Michel defended the rights of the French-speaking people in the agreement concerning the splitting of the Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde district, during the 2010–2011 Belgian government formation [3].

Though the MR's original ideology emphasised classical liberalism and free market economics, it has of late joined the general trend of Belgian liberals to social liberalism under the influence of Dirk Verhofstadt, whose brother Guy Verhofstadt led the MR's Flemish counterpart, the Open VLD.[citation needed]


2007 general election

In the 10 June 2007 general elections, MR won 23 out of 150 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 6 out of 40 seats in the Senate.

2010 general election

In the 13 June 2010 general elections, MR won 18 out of 150 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 4 out of 40 seats in the Senate.

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