|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Publication Date||May 2019|
Reports and analyses related to the federal election held in Belgium on 30 May 2019.
Belgians choose separate candidates and parties, depending on the region they live in. As in the past political leaders found it difficult to put together a viable government in Belgium taking into account the linguistic and cultural divide in the country.
The far-right Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) scored a huge win in the northern region of Flanders, finishing second with 18, 75%, after right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA (24,9%)). The win of these right-wing parties stands in contrast to a win of the Greens in Brussels and the results in Wallonia, where the Socialist PS suffered losses, but remained the strongest party in the region with 26,2% of votes, followed by Prime Minister Charles Michel's liberal MR party on 21, 4%. Green party Ecolo nearly tripled its score to 14,5%.
The process of forming a new federal government was expected to become very difficult due to the shift to the left in French-speaking south and to the right in Dutch-speaking North.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Parliamentary | Legislative Elections|
|Countries / Regions||Belgium|