More about the composition of the City Council.
53 councilors - seven fractions
Ghent City Council has 53 members, divided into seven 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 Open VLD (liberal democratic party), Groen (ecological party), sp.a (social democratic party) and CD&V (Christian democratic party). Together, they hold 35 of the 51 seats in the City Council.
The opposition parties are N-VA (Flemish nationalist party), PVDA (left-wing Labour's Party) and Vlaams Belang (right-wing extremist party).