The announcement that an agreement had been reached was made on Friday (photo above). However, it needed to be approved by the three parties’ local branches before the new coalition became official.
While little if any resistance to the agreement was expected from the local branches of the nationalist or liberal the same was not true of the socialists.
Over the year, there has been a lot of animosity between the socialists and the nationalists, in particular the nationalist leader and Mayor of Antwerp Bart De Wever, over the years. Consequently the support of the local party rank and file could not be taken for granted. In the end 196 of those that cast their votes voted in favour of the agreement, 78 voted against and there were 4 abstentions.