Elections 2024: Vlaams Belang leader willing to be prime minister without splitting up Belgium

Vlaams Belang leader Tom Van Grieken would be willing to become prime minister of Belgium, even if it meant the country would continue to exist, he said on Radio 2 on Monday morning. It is a remarkable statement from the leader of a party whose primary goal is an independent Flanders.

The party has published a roadmap in its election programme that includes unilaterally declaring independence in the Flemish parliament. Although Van Grieken says it would be a difficult decision, he would accept the position of Belgium's next prime minister, without splitting up the country, if offered.

"If I am offered the post of prime minister and I am allowed to implement all my other views, Belgium does not need to be split up," the far-right politician told Radio 2. "This does not mean that I will accept the structure of Belgium, but if only a thin layer remains, I will say yes."

Speaking at a party rally in Antwerp on Sunday, Van Grieken said the party was aiming for 1 million votes, or around 24 per cent of the vote in Flanders. "Only if we reach the million-vote mark can the voters finally turn our country around," he said.


#FlandersNewsService | © BELGA PHOTO HATIM KAGHAT

Related news

Website preview
Elections 2024: The key players in Vlaams Belang
In the run-up to the June elections, Belgium's political figureheads are gearing up to fight for votes. Today we take a look at Vlaams Belang and...

Get updates in your mailbox

By clicking "Subscribe" I confirm I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy.

About belganewsagency.eu

Belga News Agency delivers dependable, rapid and high-quality information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from Belgium and abroad to all Belgian media. The information covers all sectors, from politics, economics and finance to social affairs, sports and culture, not to mention entertainment and lifestyle.

Every day, our journalists and press photographers produce hundreds of photos and news stories, dozens of online information items, plus audio and video bulletins, all in both national languages. Since the end of March 2022 English has been added as a language.

For public institutions, businesses and various organisations that need reliable information, Belga News Agency also offers a comprehensive range of corporate services to meet all their communication needs.


Arduinkaai 29 1000 Brussels