Both liberal parties in Belgium – the French-speaking MR and the Flemish Open VLD – will be running on a joint list in the City of Brussels municipality at the upcoming local elections in 2024, with the list to be led by David Weystman (MR).
David Weystman, a liberal MP for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, which represents Belgium's French-speaking community, announced on Thursday that his party will join forces with their Flemish counterparts in the City of Brussels.
"We've been collaborating for years as we share the same values and the same struggles, and we are now the leading force for proposals and opposition," he stated, "as we are the only alternative to the red-green majority (composed of socialists and the greens)."
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He also announced that he would be heading said electoral list with the aim of propelling liberalism to victory at the next local elections in 2024, which may be seen as a way of conciliating the relationship between both parties given recent tensions at the federal level.
Furthermore, he expressed his wish that any future majority in the municipality prioritise the state of the economy and "bring beauty back to all the neighbourhoods of Brussels and to restore prestige to the capital of Belgium.”