Belgium Elections Result in New Government Formation as Prime Minister Prepares to Resign

Belgium is set for a new government following a general election that saw the far-right party Vlaams Belang fail to gain the expected surge in support. The outgoing governing coalition led by liberal Prime Minister Alexander De Croo lost its majority, paving the way for changes in leadership.

The nationalist party N-VA emerged as the largest party in Belgium’s parliament, positioning leader Bart De Wever as a potential candidate for the next prime minister. De Croo will continue as caretaker prime minister until a new coalition, involving seven parties, is established.

The French-speaking liberal party Mouvement Reformateur secured the top spot in Brussels and French-speaking Wallonia, signaling complex coalition negotiations ahead. The election results also reflected gains for the far-right in regional and European elections.

With N-VA leading over Vlaams Belang and De Croo’s party falling to ninth place, the political landscape in Belgium is poised for significant changes. Despite Vlaams Belang’s strong showing, their exclusion from the current governing coalition indicates challenges in attaining power.

The election outcome marks a pivotal moment for Belgium, as leaders prepare to navigate the complexities of forming a new government amidst shifting political dynamics.