The Office of Wallonia’s Parliament is undergoing a reshuffle after a recent expense scandal caused some of its most senior figures to quit their roles.
After the exit of Mouvement Réformateur (MR) MPs Jacqueline Galant and Sybille de Coster-Bauchau, the liberal party will again be represented by two women: Sabine Laruelle and Rachel Sobry. Laruelle has become a major figure in the regional parliament after working as federal minister, particularly for her work on overseeing an inquiry into the floods that devastated parts of Belgium in 2021. Rachel Sobry is at 29 the youngest MP in Wallonia.
The reshuffle comes after two members of the Office of Wallonia’s Parliament – Parliament’s President Jean-Claude Marcourt (PS) nor the clerk, Frédéric Janssens, – travelled to the World Exhibition in Dubai on a luxury trip that included business class flights, a guide for over €3,000 and came to a total cost estimated at €19,000 for the four-day trip, according to documents obtained by Le Soir.
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