However, he stressed that his party had not been washed away by what he described as the “N-VA tsunami”.
Mr Dewinter added that the result was not an ideological defeat for his party.
"Others have reaped what we have sown.”
“This is a defeat for Belgium and a victory for Flanders.”
“I would have liked to have been the one to provide this victory.”
"It’s now up to the N-VA to make such that it delivers on its promises.”
Filip Dewinter admitted that internal tensions may have played a part in his party’s losses.
He added that the current Chairman of Vlaams Belang Bruno Valkeniers is “a good chairman”.