Belgium’s King Philippe officially named Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes interim prime minister on Sunday, making her the first woman to hold the post.

Sophie Wilmes will become Belgium’s first female prime minister. Wilmes, a liberal francophone, replaces Charles Michel, who is set to take over as European Council president in December.


Wilmes, 44, made her political debut in 2000 as a councillor in Uccle, outside Brussels. She went on to become a member of parliament in 2014 and joined the federal government a year later.

She was selected as the caretaker prime minister late Saturday by a small ministerial committee, but she has no parliamentary majority.

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