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Former Belgian PM and president of the European People's Party Wilfred Martens dies

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Former Belgian PM and president of the European People's Party Wilfred Martens dies

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Former Belgian Prime Minister Wilfred Martens has died at the age of 77. The health of the centre-right politician visibly deteriorated in recent months. He was hospitalised at the end of August with blood coagulation problems.

As well as serving as Belgian prime minister he was a leading architect in the formation of the European People’s Party now the largest political group within the European Parliament.

He leaves behind a wife and five children.