1989 Belgian regional elections

1989 Brussels Regional Council election

18 June 1989 1995 →

75 seats to the Brussels Regional Council

A regional election was held in Belgium on 18 June 1989 to elect representatives to the first Brussels Regional Council, which replaced the Brussels Agglomeration Council as a result of the creation of the Brussels-Capital Region. Elections to the European Parliament were held on the same day.

A total of 75 seats were up for election, of which 64 went to French-speaking parties and 11 to Dutch-speaking parties.


The constitutional revision of 1970 provided for three Regions: the Flemish Region, the Walloon Region and the Brussels Region. However, no regional institutions were created until 1980, when the Flemish Council and the Flemish Executive were created for the Flemish Region and the Walloon Council and Walloon Executive for the Walloon Region. A Brussels Agglomeration comprising the 19 municipalities which today form the Brussels Region had already been established in 1971, but no regional institutions were created for Brussels until 1989 because of political disagreements on the subject.[1]

The Brussels Regional Council was the first of the three Regional Councils to be directly elected, as the Flemish Council and the Walloon Council consisted, respectively, of the Flemish and the Walloon members of the Belgian Federal Parliament, however, the Council of the German-speaking Community had already been directly elected since 1974. The first direct elections for the Flemish and Walloon Councils took place in 1995, since then all regional elections are held on the same day and once every 5 years.


Turnout was 477,689, representing 81.94% of the electorate. A total of 438,192 valid votes were cast.[2][3]

Party Votes % Seats
Parti Socialiste (PS) 96,189 21.95 18
Parti Réformateur Libéral (PRL) 83,011 18.94 15
Front Démocratique des Francophones (FDF-ERE) 64,489 14.72 12
Parti Social Chrétien (PSC) 51,904 11.85 9
Ecolo 44,874 10.24 8
Christelijke Volkspartij (CVP) 18,523 4.23 4
Front National (FN) 14,392 3.28 2
Partij voor Vrijheid en Vooruitgang (PVV) 12,143 2.77 2
Socialistische Partij (SP) 11,710 2.67 2
Volksunie (VU) 9,053 2.07 1
Vlaams Blok (VB) 9,006 2.06 1
Agalev 4,821 1.10 1
Others 18,077 4.12 0
Total 438,192 100.00 75


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