Walloon Rally

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Rassemblement wallon
Leader Claude Thayse
Founded 1968
Ideology Regionalism
Walloon independentism
Rattachism
European affiliation None
Website
www.rassemblementwallon.be
Politics of Belgium
Political parties
Elections

The Walloon Rally (French: Rassemblement wallon; RW) is a regionalist[1] political party in Belgium, active in Wallonia since 1968. The party favoured federalism and since 1985 independence.

Founded on 7 March 1968, the party contested the Belgian general election of 1968 in a cartel with the FDF, a Brussels-based francophone political party, receiving 5.9% of the vote nationally. The party's own results in elections to the Belgian Federal Parliament were as follows.

Election 1968 1971 1974 1977 1978 1981
Percentage of
national vote
3.35 6.69 5.86 2.96 2.86 1.71
Seats 5 14 13 5 4 2

The increasing federalisation of Belgium, and the adoption of some of the party's policies by the traditional francophone parties, resulted in a sharp decline in electoral support from 1977 onwards. A split in the early 1980s created the Walloon Popular Rally, a more left-wing grouping, which later merged with the Socialist Party. The Wallonia-France Rally, which supports the union of Wallonia and France, was formed by the rump of the party's membership in 1999. Afterwards, the Walloon Rally left the WFR and formed Union For Wallonia with the France Party, Wallonia Social Democracy, Get Up Wallonia and the Brussels' Walloons.

In 2010, Union For Wallonia, which took part in June federal elections under the name W+, was renamed Walloon Rally, which was its largest component.

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  1. ^ Peter Starke; Alexandra Kaasch; Franca Van Hooren (7 May 2013). The Welfare State as Crisis Manager: Explaining the Diversity of Policy Responses to Economic Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 192–. ISBN 978-1-137-31484-0. 

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