PS loses electoral ground after scandals

12th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 September 2006, BRUSSELS — A survey has indicated the Socialist PS party is rapidly losing electoral support in the city of Charleroi ahead of the October municipal elections.

12 September 2006

BRUSSELS — A survey has indicated the Socialist PS party is rapidly losing electoral support in the city of Charleroi ahead of the October municipal elections.

In 2000, the party won 51.4 percent of the vote, but a survey has indicated the party stands to win just 31.4 percent at the 8 October elections.

The Liberal MR is not profiting spectacularly from the PS' woes and are set to win 20.4 percent of the vote, a rise of 4.2 percent, newspaper 'Le Soir' reported on Tuesday.

Instead, the biggest winner appears to be the extreme-right Front National which could increase its electoral support from 6.9 to 19.1 percent.

Charleroi Mayor Jacques Van Gompel (PS) remains the most popular candidate despite the fact he only stands to win 27.8 percent of the vote.

MR MP Olivier Chastel is a close second with 27.7 percent.

The PS party is thus at threat of losing its absolute majority in Charleroi, but forming a majority rule administration will be impossible, unless the Front National party is included.

The most likely coalition will be between the Socialist and Liberal parties in Charleroi.

The PS has endured a series of damaging corruption scandals in recent months over the misuse of public funds by party members. Its electoral support has suffered as a result.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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