Socialist Party (Belgium)

The Socialist Party[12][13][14] (French: Parti socialiste, PS) is a social democratic[3][4][5][6][7] French-speaking political party in Belgium. As of the 2019 elections, it is the third largest party in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and the largest Francophone party. The party is led by Paul Magnette. The party supplies the Minister-president of the French Community (Rudy Demotte), and the Brussels-Capital Region (Rudi Vervoort). In the German-speaking community, the party is known as the Sozialistische Partei (SP).

Socialist Party
French: Parti socialiste
Dutch: Socialistische Partij
German: Sozialistische Partei
PresidentPaul Magnette
Preceded byBelgian Socialist Party
HeadquartersNational Secretariat
Bd de l'Empereur/Keizerslaan 13, Brussels
Think tankInstitut Emile Vandervelde[1]
Youth wingMovement of Young Socialists
Membership (2016)90,000[2]
IdeologySocial democracy[3][4][5][6][7]
Political positionCentre-left[9] to left-wing[10][11]
European affiliationParty of European Socialists
International affiliationProgressive Alliance
Socialist International
European Parliament groupProgressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Flemish counterpartVooruit
Colours  Red
Chamber of Representatives
(French-speaking seats)
20 / 61
(French-speaking seats)
7 / 24
Walloon Parliament
23 / 75
Parliament of the French Community
28 / 94
Brussels Parliament
(French-speaking seats)
17 / 72
European Parliament
(French-speaking seats)
2 / 8

The PS is very commonly part of governing coalitions, and dominates most local authorities because of the extremely fragmented nature of Belgian political institutions, particularly in Francophone areas. In the years since 1999, the PS has simultaneously controlled five regional executive bodies: the Government of the French Community, the Walloon Government, the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, as well as the COCOF, a local subsidiary in Brussels of the French Community Government, and the Government of the German-speaking Community.

The party, or its members, have from time to time been brought into connection with criminal activities and political scandals, mostly concerning bribery and financial fraud (Cools assassination, Agusta scandal, Dassault Affair, Carolorégienne affair, ICDI affair). The Carolorégienne affair caused Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe to step down as Minister-President of the Walloon region.

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