The 2007 Belgian general election took place on Sunday, June 10,
2007. Voters went to the polls in order to elect new members for
the Chamber of Representatives and Senate. Eligible voters were
Belgian citizens 18 years and older. There was a legal electoral
threshold of 5% for political parties to meet to receive
representation, but in several election districts the real
electoral threshold is higher than the legal, due to the small
number of seats to be elected in the particular district. The 150
members of the Chamber of Representatives were elected from 11
electoral districts. The 40 Senate members were elected from the
Dutch (25) and Francophone (15) electoral colleges. Of the Flemish
parties, the alliance of Christian Democratic and Flemish party
(CD&V) and the New-Flemish Alliance (N-VA) received an
increased share of the vote from the previous election, held in
2003. The CD&V/N-VA list was headed by Yves Leterme, and became
the largest political formation in Belgium, thus leading the
coalition talks for a new government. Flemish Interest (Vlaams
Belang) received more votes than in the previous election, but lost
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