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MAYORS OF THE MONTH
In 2014
Governor of Tokyo, Japan, (11/2014)
Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand (10/2014)
Mayor of Sucre, Miranda, Venezuela (09/2014)
Mayor of Vienna, Austria (08/2014)
Mayor of Lampedusa, Italy (07/2014)
Mayor of Ghent, Belgium (06/2014)
Mayor of Montería, Colombia (05/2014)
Mayor of Liverpool, UK (04/2014)
Mayor of Pittsford Village, NY, USA (03/2014)
Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia (02/2014)
Mayor of Santiago, Chile (01/2014)

In 2013
Mayor of Soda, India (12/2013)
Mayor of Zaragoza (11/2013)
Mayor of Marseille (10/2013)
Mayor of Schwäbisch Gmünd (09/2013)
Mayor of Detroit (08/2013)
Mayor of Moore (07/2013)
Mayor of Mexico City (06/2013)
Mayor of Cape Town (05/2013)
Mayor of Lima (04/2013)
Mayor of Salerno (03/2013)
Governor of Jakarta (02/2013)
Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (01/2013)

In 2012
Mayor of Izmir (12/2012)
Mayor of San Antonio (11/2012)
Mayor of Thessaloniki (10/2012)
Mayor of London (09/2012)
Mayor of New York (08/2012)
Mayor of Bilbao (07/2012)
Mayor of Bogotá (06/2012)
Mayor of Perth (05/2012)
Mayor of Mazatlán (04/2012)
Mayor of Tel Aviv (03/2012)
Mayor of Surrey (02/2012)
Mayor of Osaka (01/2012)

In 2011
Mayor of Ljubljana (12/2011)

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Belgian Mayors
Researched and edited by Guy Kervella

22 July 2014: In addition to three regions and three cultural communities, Belgium is also divided into 10 provinces and 589 municipalities. The provincial governments are primarily administrative units and are politically weak. A governor appointed by the King presides over each province. Each governor is supported by an elected Provincial Council of 47 to 84 members (depending on the size of the province), which sits only four weeks a year.

Municipal governments, on the other hand, are vigorous political entities with significant powers and a history of independence dating from medieval times. Many national politicians originate from municipal political bases; and many often double as mayor or alderman in their hometowns in addition to their federal and regional political positions. The last municipal elections were held in October 2012, the next are due in 2018.

Mayors of the largest Belgian cities
(Readers are invited to supply information on additional Belgian cities and mayors. Please insert 'Belgian mayors' into the subject line of any emails.)

City, size
and internet
Mayor
(Mr, Ms)
Elections**
Profile
& politics
Aalst
Popl: 77,500
www.aalst.be/
Christophe D'Haese; (Mr) Elected 2012
Born 1967
Lawyer
Party NVA*
Anderlecht
Popl: 110,000
www.anderlecht.be/
Gaëtan Van Goidsenhoven; (Mr) 2007-present Born 1973, Lawyer;
Party: MR*
Antwerp
Pop: 444,000
www.antwerpen.be/
Bart De Wever; (Mr) Elected 2012, Born 1970; President of the NVA* party; Member of the Flemish parliament from 2004-2007
Bruges
Popl: 117,000
www.brugge.be/
Renaat Landuyt; (Mr) Elected 2012 Born 1959; Attorney
Party: sp.a*
Bruxelles-Ville (Brussels)
Popl: 145,000
www.brucity.be/
Yvan Mayeur; (Mr) Elected 2012 Born 1960
Party: PS*
Charleroi
Popl: 207,000
www.charleroi.be
Paul Magnette; (Mr) Elected 2012 Born 1971
Lecturer
Party: PS*
Ghent
Popl: 233,000
www.gent.be/
Daniël Termont; (Mr) 2006-present Born 1953; Shortlisted for 2014 World Mayor Prize
Party: sp.a*
Ixelles
Popl: 81,000
www.ixelles.irisnet.be/
Willy Decourty; (Mr) 2000-present Born 1945
Journalist
Party: PS*
Leuven
Popl: 91,000
www.leuven.be/
Louis Marie Joseph Tobback; (Mr) 1998-present Born 1938
Minister of Interior 1992-9; Party: sp.a
Liège
Popl: 195,000
www.liege.be/
Willy Demeyer; (Mr) 1999-present Born 1959
Lawyer
Senator 2010-present
Party: PS*
Mechelen
Popl: 79,000
http://toerisme.mechelen.be/
Bart Somers; (Mr) 2001-present Born 1964
Party: Open VLD*
Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
Popl: 81,000
www.molenbeek.irisnet.be/
Francoise Schepmans; (Ms) Elected 2012 Born 1960; Currently also Member of the Belgian Parliament
Party: MR*
Mons
Popl: 90,000
www.mons.be
Elio Di Rupo; (Mr) 2000-present Born 1951
Party: PS*
Namur
Popl: 106,000
www.ville.namur.be
Maxime Prévot; (Mr) Elected 2012 Born 1978; Member of Parliament 2007-2009;
Party: CDH*
Schaerbeek
Popl: 124,000
www.schaerbeek.be/
Bernard Clerfayt (Mr) 2001-present Born 1961
Secretary of State Finance 2008-2011; Currently also Member of Parliament
Party: FDF*

* NVA = Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (New Flemish Alliance) , Flemish nationalist and conservative party
sp.a = Socialistische Partij Anders (Different Socialist Party) . Flemish Social-Democratic Party
PS 
= Parti Socialiste, Francophone social-democratic party.
CD&V 
= Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams (Christian Democratic and Flemish). Centre right.
CDH 
= Centre Démocrate Humaniste (Humanist Democratic Centre)
Open VLD 
= Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten (Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats)
FDF 
= Fédéralistes Démocrates Francophones; part of MR
MR 
= Mouvement Réformateur: centre right

**Next municipal elections in Belgium: 2018. Every 6 years.





World Mayor 2014
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