Théo Lefèvre

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Théo Lefèvre
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Théo Lefèvre in 1964
Prime Minister of Belgium
In office
25 April 1961 28 July 1965
Monarch Baudouin
Preceded by Gaston Eyskens
Succeeded by Pierre Harmel
Personal details
Born(1914-01-17)17 January 1914
Ghent, Belgium
Died18 September 1973(1973-09-18) (aged 59)
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
Political party Christian Social Party

Théodore Joseph Albéric Marie "Théo" Lefèvre (17 January 1914 – 18 September 1973) was a lawyer at the Ghent court of justice. In 1946 he became deputy of the Belgian parliament for the PSC-CVP. Between 25 April 1961 and 28 July 1965 he was the Prime Minister of Belgium.


Political career

Théo Lefèvre was elected to the Chamber of Representatives in 1946 and served until 1971, when he became a member of the Belgian Senate (1971-1973).

In September 1950 Lefèvre became Chairman of the PSC-CVP (1950-1961). In December 1958 he was appointed a Minister of State.

In 1961, after the fall of the fourth government of Gaston Eyskens and the following snap election, Lefèvre became Prime Minister of a coalition government with the Belgian socialists. During this period, the Belgian army intervened in Congo (Operation Dragon Rouge). His government encountered heavy opposition and the planned health care reform only succeeded due to large concessions made by the government. Having become unpopular, Lefèvre lost the elections of 1965 and was excluded from the next government, which was a coalition government of Christian-democrats and liberals.

In 1968 Lefèvre was again included in the government led by Gaston Eyskens (Eyskens V) as a minister without portfolio, charged with scientific policy (1968-1972). In 1972 (Eyskens VI) he became state secretary for scientific policy (Jan. 1972 - Jan 1973).

Personal life

On 26 August 1944, Theo Lefèvre married Marie-José Billiaert (1918–1998). [1] They had three children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Gaston Eyskens
Prime Minister of Belgium
Succeeded by
Pierre Harmel