Belgian regional elections, 2004

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On 13 June 2004, regional elections were held in Belgium, to choose representatives in the regional councils of the Flemish Parliament, the Walloon Parliament, the Brussels Parliament and the German-speaking Community of Belgium. The elections were held on the same day as the European elections.

Flemish Parliament[edit]

Flemish parliamentary election, 2004
Flanders
1999 ←
13 June 2004 (2004-06-13)
→ 2009
All 124 seats in the Flemish Parliament
62 seats needed for a majority


e • d Summary of the 13 June 2004 Flemish Parliament election results
← 199920042009 →
Party Main ideology Main candidate Votes  % +/– Seats +/–
FLA BRU TOT
Christian Democratic & Flemish (CD&V) + New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) Christian democracy Yves Leterme 1,060,580 26.09 4.0 Increase 34 1 35 5 Increase
Flemish Block (VB) far-right Flemish nationalism Filip Dewinter 981,587 24.15 8.4 Increase 29 3 32 10 Increase
Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD) + Vivant (VIVANT) Liberalism Bart Somers 804,578 19.79 3.9 Decrease 24 1 25 2 Decrease
Socialist Party–Differently (SP.A) + Spirit (SPIRIT) Social democracy Frank Vandenbroucke 799,325 19.66 4.9 Increase 24 1 25 6 Increase
Green! (GROEN!) Green politics Rudi Daems 308,898 7.60 3.9 Decrease 6 0 6 6 Decrease
Union of Francophones (UF) Francophone minority politics Christian Van Eyken 43,391 1.07 0.1 Increase 1 0 1 0 Steady
Others (parties and candidates that received less than 1% of the vote and no seats) 66,387 1.59 0 0 0
Valid votes 4,064,746 94.87
Blank and invalid votes 219,910 5.13
Totals 4,284,656 100.00 118 6 124 0 Steady
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout * 4,568,250 93.79 1.61 Increase
Notes: FLA = Flanders, BRU = Brussels (Capital Region), TOT = total / * = The number of registered voters is not known for the constituency to elect the Brussels Members of the Flemish Council (BMFC).
Consequently, the number of registered voters and the turnout for the Flemish Council considers only the 5 provincial constituencies, excluding the constituency BMFC.
Vote share
CD&V-NV-A
  
26.09%
VB
  
24.15%
VLD-Vivant
  
19.79%
sp.a-Spirit
  
19.66%
Groen!
  
7.60%
UF
  
1.07%
Other
  
1.59%

In the Flemish Parliament election, the liberal-socialist government was put to the test. The far right Vlaams Blok became the second largest party in Flanders just after the alliance of conservatives Christian Democratic and Flemish-New Flemish Alliance (CD&V - N-VA). The green party Groen! managed to be elected and keeps half of their seats in the parliament. In contrast with the previous election, the People's Union (VU-ID) has split and the new parties, N-VA and Spirit, allied with CD&V and Different Socialist Party (SP.A) respectively.

Because of the cordon sanitaire of all the other parties against Vlaams Blok, a coalition of at least three parties needed to be formed in order to have a majority in the Flemish Parliament. Groen! confirmed that it did not want to take part in the new coalition, so the only coalition left was a conservative-socialist-liberal tripartite.

In the aftermath of the elections, Yves Leterme (CD&V) was selected to form a Flemish regional government.

Details[edit]

Region Seats won per party Total seats
Provinces CD&V + N-VA VB VLD + VIVANT SP.A + SPIRIT GROEN! UF
Flanders Antwerp
9 / 33
10 / 33
6 / 33
6 / 33
2 / 33
N/A
33 / 124
East Flanders
7 / 27
6 / 27
7 / 27
5 / 27
2 / 27
N/A
27 / 124
Flemish Brabant
5 / 20
5 / 20
4 / 20
4 / 20
1 / 20
1 / 20
20 / 124
Limburg
5 / 16
4 / 16
3 / 16
4 / 16
N/A N/A
16 / 124
West Flanders
8 / 22
4 / 22
4 / 22
5 / 22
1 / 22
N/A
22 / 124
Brussels
1 / 6
3 / 6
1 / 6
1 / 6
N/A N/A
6 / 124
Total
35 / 124
32 / 124
25 / 124
25 / 124
6 / 124
1 / 124
124 / 124

Walloon Regional Parliament[edit]

Walloon parliamentary election, 2004
Wallonia
2004 ←
13 June 2004 (2004-06-13)
→ 2014
All 75 seats in the Walloon Parliament
38 seats needed for a majority


e • d Summary of the 13 June 2004 Walloon Parliament election results
← 199920042009 →
National party Main ideology Main candidate Votes  % +/– Seats +/–
Socialist Party (PS) Social democracy Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe 727,781 36.91 7.47 Increase 34 9 Increase
Reformist Movement (MR) Liberalism Serge Kubla 478,999 24.29 * 20 *
Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH) Christian democracy André Antoine 347,348 17.62 0.55 Increase 14 0 Steady
Confederated Ecologists (ECOLO) Green politics Bernard Wesphael 167,916 8.52 9.70 Decrease 3 11 Decrease
National Front (FN) Nationalism 160,130 8.12 4.17 Increase 4 3 Increase
Rassemblement Wallonie France (RWF) Walloon movement 20,019 1.02 new 0 new
Others (parties and candidates that received less than 1% of the vote and no seats) 0
Valid votes 1,971,705 93.36
Blank and invalid votes 140,167 6.64
Totals 2,111,872 100.00 75 0 Steady
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 2,359,447 89.51 0.85 Decrease
Vote share
PS
  
36.91%
MR
  
24.29%
cdH
  
17.62%
Ecolo
  
8.52%
FN
  
8.12%
RWF
  
1.02%
Other
  
3.52%

In the aftermath of the elections, Elio Di Rupo (PS) was selected to form a Walloon regional government.

Brussels Regional Parliament[edit]

Brussels parliamentary election, 2004
Brussels-Capital Region
1999 ←
13 June 2004 (2004-06-13)
→ 2009
All 89 seats in the Flemish Parliament
45 seats needed for a majority

In the aftermath of the elections, Charles Picqué (PS) was selected to form a Brussels regional government.

French language group[edit]

Party/Alliance Votes  % +/− Seats +/−
PS 130,462 33.4% +14.7% 26 +13
MR 127,122 32.5% −7.6% 25 −2
CDH 55,078 14.1% +4.9% 10 +4
Ecolo 37,908 9.7% −11.6% 7 −7
FN 21,195 5.4% +2.4% 4 +2
  FNB 2,656 1.5% −0.8% 0 −1
  All Others 16,795 4.3% -- 0 0

Dutch language group[edit]

Party/Alliance Votes  % +/− Seats +/−
Vlaams Blok 21,297 34.1% +2.2% 6 +2
VLD-Vivant 12,433 19.9% -- 4 0
SP.A-Spirit 11,052 17.7% -- 3 0
CD&V/N-VA 10,482 16.8% -- 3 0
Groen! 6,132 9.8% -- 1 0
  All Others 1,110 1.8% -- 0 0

Parliament of the German-speaking Community[edit]

Party/Alliance Votes  % +/− Seats +/−
  CSP 11,905 32.8% −2.0% 8 −1
  PFF-MR 7,615 21.0% −0.3% 5 −1
SP 6,903 19.0% +4.0% 5 +1
  PJU-PDB 4,243 11.7% −1.2% 3 ±0
Ecolo 2,972 8.2% −4.5% 2 −1
Vivant 2,665 7.3% +4.0% 2 +2
Vote share
CSP
  
32.79%
PFF-MR
  
20.98%
SP
  
19.01%
PJU-PDB
  
11.69%
Ecolo
  
8.19%
Vivant
  
7.34%

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