Flemish parliament kicks-off preparations for new legislative term
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    Flemish parliament kicks-off preparations for new legislative term

    The incoming Flemish parliament will be led by several first-time lawmakers. Credit: © Belga

    The Flemish parliament will hold an introductory session for incoming lawmakers on Wednesday, in preparation for the swearing-in ceremony next week.

    A majority of the Flemish parliament’s 124 seats will be occupied by newly-elected MPs, after the regional elections in May ushered a wave of first-time lawmakers into Belgium’s regional parliaments.

    Out of the 67 new MPs who will lead the region’s new legislative term, 43 have never sat in a regional parliament.

    On Wednesday, the new members will be talked through the way the parliament works and will be given a tour of the chambers.

    The Brussels-Capital Region and Walloon parliaments held their swearing-in ceremonies on Tuesday.

    Both regional assemblies are now negotiating to constitute the majority coalitions which will lead their respective legislative terms for the next five years.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times