More about the composition of the City Council.
51 councilors - six fractions
Ghent City Council has 51 members, divided into six political fractions. The council is the most important political body. It is the representation of the people of Ghent: the members are directly elected by the citizens of Ghent.
The governing coalition is formed by sp.a (social democratic party), Groen (ecological party) and Open VLD (liberal democratic party). Together, they hold 35 of the 51 seats in the City Council.
The opposition parties are N-VA (Flemish nationalist party), CD&V (Christian democratic party) and Vlaams Belang (right-wing extremist party).