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Dries van Agt

Dries van Agt
February 2, 1931
Predecessor:
Joop den Uyl
Prime Minister
1977-1982
Succeeded by
Ruud Lubbers
Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Andreas Antonius Maria "Dries" van Agt (born February 2, 1931) is a Dutch politician, the prime minister of the Netherlands from 1977 until 1982, as a member of the Christian Democratic CDA party.

Dries van Agt was born in 1931 in Geldrop (North Brabant). After receiving his diploma Gymnasium-A from the Augustinianum in Eindhoven, he studied at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, receiving his Doctorate in 1955. After graduating, he practiced law in Eindhoven until 1957, after which he worked in the office of legal and business affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries until 1962. From 1962 to 1968, he worked for the Ministry of Justice.

From 1968 to 1971, Van Agt was Professor of Criminal Law at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. From 1971 to 1973, he was Minister of Justice in the cabinet of Barend Biesheuvel. From 1973 to 1977 he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice in the cabinet of Joop den Uyl.

From December 1977 until November 1982 he was Prime Minister of the Netherlands in three successive governments. After the resignation of his government, he remained a member of the Tweede Kamer until 1983, when he was appointed as the Queen's Commissioner (governor) of the province North Brabant until 1987.

Dries van Agt was Ambassador of the European Community in Japan from 1987 to 1989 and in the United States from 1989 to 1995. From 1995-1996, he was Visiting Professor of International Relations at the University of Kyoto.

Van Agt is known for his use of strange and archaic language and his love for cycling.fr:Dries van Agt nl:Dries van Agt

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