First woman chosen as Belgian prime minister

Amman, Belgian Budget Minister, Sophie Wilmes, has been chosen as the country's new prime minister, a first for a woman, the current Prime Minister Charles Michel announced Saturday.

The 44-year-old Wilmes still has to be sworn in by King Philippe to replace the outgoing PM, who has been appointed president of the European Council, one of the top positions in the European Union, according to Reuters.

Belgium has not had a fully functioning federal government since a coalition headed up by Michel collapsed in December 2018.

Wilmes, who is seen as an ally of Michel's and was first elected to parliament in 2014, was chosen by a ministerial committee.

Source: Jordan News Agency