(Lijst Dedecker) is a Belgian political party
founded in January 2007 by Senator Jean-Marie Dedecker
. He founded the party after the Cassandra vzw thinktank
judged in 2006
that there was room for a right-liberal movement in Flanders
, expressing the need for a "Common Sense Party".
The party strives for a more independent Flanders
. The economic program consists in a smaller more efficient government, a simpler and social flat tax
and a limit in time of the unemployment benefits. Other parts of the program consist in the proposition for a binding referendum
, the abolition of the barriers for new political parties in Belgium and a tougher approach towards crime. Ethically, the party founded by the former VLD
senator is liberal. The new party has as its baseline 'Lijst Dedecker, Common Sense'.
Dedecker List also opposes the Cordon sanitaire that is used to keep the right wing Flemish party Flemish Interest from power, claiming that it is unsuccessful and undemocratic.
Rumours stated that Dedecker was also looking to create his own political list in Wallonia.
In early 2007 a part of the party VLOTT
, cartel partner of Vlaams Belang, joined Dedecker List. Important members of Dedecker List are Boudewijn Bouckaert
, who heads liberal think tank Nova Civitas
, and several mayors and former VLD
members. Vlaams Belang
House of Representatives members Jurgen Verstrepen
and Monique Moens
defected to the Dedecker List in April 2007, which led to the de facto existence of a new fraction in parliament. Verstrepen will lead the Antwerp list for the party. Mimount Bousakla
, a sp.a
senator, decided to join Dedecker List in May 2007.
Current president is Jean-Marie Dedecker.
Dedecker List took part in the 2007 general election
, in which they have exceeded the 5% threshold for parliamentary representation, although opinion polls in run-up to the election all dismissed the chances for the party to meet the threshold. Marten Fortuyn, brother of the slain Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn
, campaigned for the party in run-up to the election. One election analyst showed after the election that List Dedecker was able to attract voters across all political parties, including former SP.A, VLD, and VB voters. In these 10 June 2007 general elections
, the party won 5 out of 150 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
and 1 out of 40 seats in the Senate
Federal Parliament (as of June 28, 2007)
Chamber of representatives
Flemish Parliament (as of July 4, 2007)