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Members of The Flemish Parliament

See also: List of members of the Flemish Parliament

118 members are directly elected in the Flemish Region. They have voting rights for both regional and community competencies. 6 members are directly elected in the Brussels-Capital Region by those voters who voted for a Dutch-speaking party in the Brussels regional elections. They have no voting rights for the regional competencies.


This table shows the distribution of seats following the 2009 regional election:

Affiliation Constituency Total
Ant. E-Fl. Fl-Br. Lim. W-Fl. Bru.
Christian Democratic and Flemish 8 6 4 5 7 1 31
Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats 4 6 4 2 3 2 21
Flemish Interest 7 4 3 3 3 1 21*
Socialist Party Different 5 4 3 3 3 1 19
New Flemish Alliance 6 3 3 2 2 0 16*
List Dedecker 1 2 1 1 3 0 8
Green! 2 2 1 0 1 1 7
Union of Francophones 1 1
Total 33 27 20 16 22 6 124
  • On 31 Augustus 2011, Karim Van Overmeire left the Flemish Interest and joined the N-VA, decreasing the number of seats held by the former party to 20 and increasing the seats of the latter to 17.

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