Two former journalists represent N-VA in Senate
N-VA has announced that former journalists Jan Becaus and Pol Van Den Driessche will represent the party in the federal government, surprising the public and news media alike
French-speaking spokesperson appointed
Becaus’ impeccable Oxford pronunciation of English was imitated in comedy programmes and made him somewhat of a cult hero in the later years of his career, with several tribute Facebook pages.
Since his retirement, Becaus has been in correspondence, he said, with N-VA president Bart De Wever. He applied for the senatorial function by letter. “I have retired now, but that does not place me outside of society. I can and want to contribute to the social debate,” he said.
The other senator appointed was less of a surprise: Pol Van Den Driessche, former editor of Het Nieuwsblad and journalist at the weekly magazine Dag Allemaal, previously served as a senator for CD&V. In spite of a good personal result, he was not elected to the federal parliament.
In 2012, Van Den Driessche set to become mayor of Bruges for N-VA, but he withdrew his candidacy after allegations of sexual intimidation. He continued to work for the party as a media advisor.
Due to the sixth state reform, the new Senate will function as a meeting place for representatives of Belgium’s regions and communities. Fifty of its members are delegates from the regions’ and communities’ parliaments, 10 are “co-opted” by the parties, according to their electoral results.
Another surprise appointment is that of Anne-Laure Mouligeaux as a French-speaking spokesperson for N-VA. The party has always had a troublesome relationship with the francophone press; with Mouligeaux, Flanders’ largest party hopes to improve its media relations with the south of Belgium.
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