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BBC: Poll gain for Belgium's far right
Last Updated: Sunday, 8 October 2006, 21:24 GMT 22:24 UK

Poll gain for Belgium's far right
By Jonny Dymond
BBC News, Brussels

Local elections in Belgium have indicated a strong show of support
for the separatist anti-immigration party in the Dutch-speaking north.

Vlaams Belang, or Flemish Interest, has increased its share of the vote
in nearly every municipality.

For years, the racist rhetoric of some of its members and its anti-
immigration stance has seen it excluded from power.

Despite being the largest single party in many towns, left and right
parties have combined to keep it out of office.


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