1999 Belgian regional elections
Regional elections were held in Belgium, to choose representatives in the regional councils of Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels and the German-speaking Community on 13 June 1999. The regional elections were held on the same day as the European elections and the federal elections.
All 124 seats in the Flemish Parliament
62 seats needed for a majority
The incumbent Flemish Government consisted of the Christian democrats (CVP) and the Socialist Party (SP), led by Minister-President Luc Van den Brande (CVP). Following this election, a government was formed without the Christian democrats. New Minister-President Patrick Dewael (VLD) led a "purple-green-yellow" coalition of his own liberal VLD, the Socialist Party (SP), Agalev and the nationalist Volksunie-ID. This change mirrored what happened on the federal level, where the Dehaene Government was succeeded by the Verhofstadt Government.
Also notable was the continuation of the rise of Vlaams Blok, especially in the constituency of Antwerp where Filip Dewinter was candidate and where the party received 25% of the votes, or as much as 30% in the city of Antwerp itself.
|← 1995 • 1999 • 2004 →|
|Party||Main ideology||Main candidate||Votes||%||+/–||Seats||+/–|
|Christian People's Party (CVP)||Christian democracy||Luc Van den Brande||857,732||22.09||4.69||28||2||30||7|
|Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD)||Liberalism||Karel De Gucht||855,867||22.04||1.86||27||0||27||0|
|Flemish Block (VB)||far-right Flemish nationalism||Filip Dewinter||603,345||15.54||3.21||20||2||22||5|
|Socialist Party (SP)||Social democracy||Steve Stevaert||582,419||15.00||4.45||19||1||20||6|
|Living Differently (AGALEV)||Green politics||Vera Dua||451,361||11.62||4.54||12||0||12||5|
|People's Union–ID (VU-ID)||Flemish nationalism||Johan Sauwens||359,226||9.25||0.29||11||1||12||3|
|Union of Francophones (UF)||Francophone minority politics||Christian Van Eyken||36,683||0.94||0.23||1||0||1||0|
|Vivant (VIVANT)||Social liberalism||77,864||2.01||new||0||0||0||new|
|Others (parties and candidates that received less than 1% of the vote and no seats)||58,687||1.55||—||0||0||0||—|
|Blank and invalid votes||238,749||5.79|
|Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout||* 4,471,695||92.18|
|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.
These were only the second direct election for the Flemish Parliament, but the last to use arrondissement-based constituencies. They were merged into provincial constituencies starting from the 2004 election.
|Constituency \ Party||CVP||VLD||VB||SP||Agalev||VU-ID||UF||Total|
|Total (Flemish Region only)||28||27||20||19||12||11||1||118|
|Total (Flemish Community)||30||27||22||20||12||12||1||124|
All 75 seats in the Walloon Parliament
38 seats needed for a majority
|← 1995 • 1999 • 2004 →|
|National party||Main ideology||Main candidate||Votes||%||+/–||Seats||+/–|
|Socialist Party (PS)||Social democracy||Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe||560,867||29.44||5.78||25||5|
|Liberal Reformist Party (PRL) + Democratic Front of Francophones (FDF)||Liberalism||Serge Kubla||470,454||24.69||1.02||21||2|
|Confederated Ecologists (ECOLO)||Green politics||Philippe Defeyt||347,225||18.22||7.80||14||6|
|Christian Social Party (PSC)||Christian democracy||André Antoine||325,229||17.07||4.49||14||2|
|National Front (FN)||Nationalism||75,262||3.95||1.16||1||1|
|Vivant (VIVANT)||Social liberalism||46,099||2.42||new||0||new|
|Communist Party (PC)||Communism||19,178||1.01||0.67||0||0|
|Others (parties and candidates that received less than 1% of the vote and no seats)||—||0||—|
|Blank and invalid votes||174,322||8.38|
|Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout||2,301,411||90.36||0.16|