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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.

Belgian general election, 1987

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212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
  First party Second party Third party
  Wilfried Martens Blank.png 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%

Belgian federal election 1987 - Chamber - circumscriptions.svg
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 Belgian general election, 1987
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