Victorious Bart De Wever wants first go for new federal government

The Flemish nationalists of N-VA are the big winners of the Flemish and federal elections. The party comfortably made its goal of a symbolic 30 percent of the votes, both on the Flemish and the federal level. In his victory speech Flemish nationalist leader Bart De Wever made it clear that the result of the election had led to a particularly difficult situation on the federal level.

Generally speaking, the Flemish nationalists seem to meet the challenge of 30 percent they had set for themselves before the elections. With a majority of the votes counted, they have some 32.5 percent of the votes overall for the Flemish parliament and some 33 percent in the federal elections.

The N-VA comes out on top in a large majority of the polling stations. In Antwerp province, the home of party leader Bart De Wever, they have almost 40 percent of the votes for the federal parliament, and almost 37 percent on the regional Flemish level.

Mr De Wever can also count on more than 306,000 preference votes.

In his victory speech Flemish nationalist leader Bart De Wever made it clear that the result of the election had led to a particularly difficult situation on the federal level: "We don't want a long crisis. To the contrary we want to take the initiative to see what is possible."

"We are now the biggest party in the land. We won with flying colours. We are writing the history of a Flanders that has self-consciously chosen its future."

Earlier Mr De Wever made clear that his Flemish nationalist party also wanted the initiative for the formation of a new Flemish government: "Flemings have chosen in favour of change. We asked the people to trust us. One in three Flemings gave us their trust."

"We have been given a strong democratic mandate. We must relaunch the economy, create jobs and keep health care and social allowances affordable. This is not an easy task. We need to find partners for a strong government. We want to make the necessary contacts as quickly as possible and sit down around the table and form a strong and logical coalition for Flanders.