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The 13 December 1987 Belgian general elections was a Belgian election for the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and Belgian Senate. Elections to the nine provincial councils were also held.

1987 Belgian general election

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212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
  First party Second party Third party
  Wilfried Martens Blank.png style="text-align:center;border-bottom: 6px solid
  1. REDIRECT Template:Socialist Party Differently/meta/color"| Karel Van Miert
Leader Wilfried Martens Guy Spitaels Karel Van Miert
Party CVP PS SP
Leader since Candidate for PM 1981 1978
Last election 49 seats, 21.29% 35 seats, 13.76% 32 seats, 14.55%
Seats won 43 40 32
Seat change Decrease 6 Increase 5 Steady
Popular vote 1,195,363 961,361 915,432
Percentage 19.5% 15.6% 14.9%
Swing Decrease 1.79% Increase 1.84% Increase 0.35%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Annemie Netys-Uyttebroeck Louis Michel.jpg Gerard DEPREZ (16039228164).jpg
Leader Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck Louis Michel Gérard Deprez
Party PVV PRL PSC
Leader since 1985 1982 1981
Last election 22 seats, 10.75% 24 seats, 10.21% 20 seats, 7.95%
Seats won 25 23 19
Seat change Increase 3 Decrease 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 709,758 577,959 491,908
Percentage 11.5% 9.4% 8.0%
Swing Increase 0.75% Decrease 0.81% Increase 0.05%

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Colours denote the winning party in each electoral district (for the Chamber of Deputies).

Government before election

Martens VII
CVP-PSC-PVV-PRL

Elected Government

Martens VII
CVP-PSC-PVV-PRL

The snap elections were called after the government led by Wilfried Martens (CVP) fell due to the Voeren issue.

Following the election, the King appointed Jean-Luc Dehaene (CVP) as informateur; Dehaene famously replied "Sire, give me one hundred days". 106 days later a new government was formed, again led by Wilfried Martens.

Chamber of RepresentativesEdit

e • d Summary of the 1987 Belgian Chamber of Representatives 1987 Belgian general election
Parties — Original name Total seats
Votes % +/− Seats +/−
Christian People's PartyChristelijke Volkspartij 1,195,363 19,5%  43 -6
Socialist Party (Wallonia)Parti Socialiste 961,361 15,6%  40 +5
Socialist Party (Flanders)Socialistische Partij 915,432 14,9%  32 0
Party for Freedom and ProgressPartij voor Vrijheid en Vooruitgang 709,758 11,5%  25 +3
Liberal Reformist PartyParti Réformateur Libéral 577,959 9,4%  23 -1
People's UnionVolksunie 495,120 8,1%  16 0
Christian Social PartyParti Social Chrétien 491,908 8,0%  19 -1
Agalev 275,437 4,5%  6 +2
Ecolo 157,988 2,6%  3 -2
Flemish BlocVlaams Blok 116,534 1,9%  2 +2
Democratic Front of the FrancophonesFront Démocratique des Francophones 71,338 1,2% *  3 *
Communist Party of BelgiumKommunistische Partij van België/Parti Communiste de Belgique 51,046 0,8%
Workers' Party of BelgiumPartij van de Arbeid van België/Parti du Travail de Belgique 45,218 0,7%
Socialist Workers' PartySocialistische Arbeiderspartij/Parti Ouvrier Socialiste 31,446 0,5%
Walloon RallyRassemblement Wallon 12,391 0,2% * *
National FrontFront National 7,596 0,1%
RAD/UDRT 6,452 0,1%
GROEN 6,096 0,1%
PDB 5,683 0,1%
PFN/PCN 5,053 0,1%
PLC 4,136 0,1%

SenateEdit

e • d Summary of the 1987 Belgian Senate election results Senate
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/-
Christelijke Volkspartij (CVP) 1,169,377 19.2% 22  3
Parti Socialiste (PS) 958,686 15.7% 20  2
Socialistische Partij (SP) 896,294 14.7% 17  1
Partij voor Vrijheid en Vooruitgang (PVV) 686,440 11.3% 11   0
Parti Réformateur Libéral (PRL) 564,367 9.3% 12  1
Volksunie (VU) 494,410 8.1% 8   0
Parti social chrétien (PSC) 474,370 7.8% 8  2
Agalev 299,049 4.9% 3  1
Ecolo 168,491 2.8% 2   0
Vlaams Blok (VB) 122,953 2.0% 1  1
Front Démocratique des Francophones (FDF) 77,522 1.3% 1   0
KPB/PCB 52,318 0.9%
PVDA/PTB 43,386 0.7%
SAP/POS 32,187 0.5%
Rassemblement Wallon (RW) 14,333 0.2%
Others 28,197 0.5%
Total 105