The 19th century in Brussels: 1893

The year 1893 was an important one for Belgian politics. As indicated by the street plaque in 1893 the Belgian constitution was changed to include “universal suffrage”.  This right to vote was nevertheless qualified. It concerned only males over 25 years. An interesting feature of this suffrage is that, provided voters met a number of criteria, for example being the head of a household, they could enjoy multiple voting rights. For interested readers: click on the words “suffrage universel plural” or “meervoudig algemeen stemrecht”.

There are also two pictures in this post related toJules Delhaize, the founder of a food retailer, headquartered in Belgium. He died in 1893.

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