Despite the huge success of a Flemish party that wants to see the country “evaporate” Belgium could find itself with its first Francophone prime minister in 36 years following Sunday’s election.
It is thought the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) of Bart de Wever may well offer the post to Elio di Rupo in coalition negotiations.
Di Rupo is the leader of the Francophone Socialist Party that has triumphed in French speaking Wallonia.
But in return for having their man as prime minister, the Soicalists will be expected to back the N-VA on more devolution of power to the regions.
“A large part of the Flemish population clearly wishes our country to evolve on an institutional level,” Di Rupo told reporters as results were coming in.
“In order to stabilise our country, our Belgium, that message must be heard. The Socialist Party has always been ready for State reform, a reform that would guarantee more economic and social convergence between Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.”