Belgian general election, 1985

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Belgian general election, 1985
Belgium
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212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives

Belgian federal election 1985 - Chamber - circumscriptions.svg
Colours denote the winning party in each electoral district (for the Chamber of Deputies).

Prime Minister before election

Wilfried Martens
CVP

Elected Prime Minister

Wilfried Martens
CVP

Prime Minister Martens

General elections were held in Belgium on 13 October 1985. The Christian People's Party emerged as the largest party, with 49 of the 212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 25 of the 106 seats in the Senate. Elections to the nine provincial councils were also held.

The incumbent government was a coalition of Christian democrats (CVP/PSC) and liberals (PVV/PRL) led by Prime Minister Wilfried Martens. Following the elections, the same parties formed a new Martens Government. Guy Verhofstadt, PVV leader since 1982, was elected for the first time as representative. Despite PVV being the only governing party to lose seats, he was able to weigh on the government agreement and he became Deputy Prime Minister in the Martens VI Government. The government would fall two years later due to the Voeren issue; distrust of labour unions in Verhofstadt proved to be a factor as well.

Results[edit]

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Party Votes  % Seats +/–
Christian People's Party (CVP) 1,291,244 21.29 49 +6
Socialistische Partij (SP) 882,200 14.55 32 +6
Parti Socialiste (PS) 834,488 13.76 35 0
Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV) 651,806 10.75 22 –6
Liberal Reformist Party (PRL) 619,390 10.21 24 0
Social Christian Party (PSC) 482,254 7.95 20 +2
People's Union (VU) 477,755 7.88 16 –4
Agalev 226,758 3.74 4 +2
Ecolo 152,483 2.51 5 +3
Vlaams Blok 85,391 1.41 1 0
Fédéralistes Démocrates Francophones (FDF) 72,361 1.19 3
Communist Party of Belgium 71,695 1.18 0 –2
UDRT/RAD 69,707 1.15 1 –2
Workers' Party of Belgium 46,034 0.76 0 0
SEP 31,983 1.53 0 New
SAP/POS 13,681 0.23 0 New
Groen 9,719 0.16 0 New
PW 9,284 0.15 0 New
Forces 8,221 0.14 0 New
UND 6,609 0.11 0 New
Party of German-speaking Belgians 5,228 0.09 0 0
NF–FN 3,738 0.06 0 New
PLC 3,442 0.06 0 New
NCP/PCN 1,763 0.03 0 New
Zomaar 1,630 0.03 0 New
PFU 1,201 0.02 0 0
UPW 828 0.01 0 New
VVP 678 0.01 0 New
Charlier 655 0.01 0 New
GIOT 640 0.01 0 New
HP–PH 518 0.01 0 New
AAT 464 0.01 0 New
SDU-USD 412 0.01 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 487,974
Total 6,552,234 100 212 0
Registered voters/turnout 7,001,297 93.59
Source: Belgian Election Results

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Christian People's Party 1,260,113 21.02 25 +3
Socialistische Partij 868,624 14.49 16 +3
Parti Socialiste 832,792 13.89 18 0
Party for Freedom and Progress 637,776 10.64 11 –3
Liberal Reformist Party 588,373 9.82 13 +2
People's Union 484,996 8.09 8 –2
Social Christian Party 475,119 7.93 10 +2
Agalev 229,206 3.82 2 +1
Ecolo 163,361 2.73 2 –1
Vlaams Blok 90,120 1.50 0 0
UDRT/RAD 73,045 1.22 0 –1
Communist Party of Belgium 71,020 1.18 0 –1
Fédéralistes Démocrates Francophones 70,239 1.17 1
Workers' Party of Belgium 44,799 0.75 0 0
SEP 33,554 0.56 0 New
SAP/POS 16,786 0.28 0 New
Groen 10,988 0.18 0 New
PW 10,539 0.18 0 New
Forces 9,318 0.16 0 New
UND 7,200 0.12 0 New
Party of German-speaking Belgians 5,364 0.09 0 New
NF–FN 4,201 0.07 0 New
PLC 3,267 0.05 0 New
PFU 1,430 0.02 0 0
NCP/PCN 1,312 0.02 0 New
VVP 446 0.01 0 New
Paix 443 0.01 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 558,259
Total 6,552,690 100 106 0
Registered voters/turnout 7,001,297 93.59
Source: Election Results

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