Austrian legislative election, 1959

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Austrian legislative election, 1959

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165 seats in the National Council of Austria
83 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Julius-Raab-1961.jpg Bruno Pittermann.jpg
Leader Julius Raab Bruno Pittermann
Party ÖVP SPÖ
Leader since 1951 1957
Last election 82 seats, 46.31% 74 seats, 43.38%
Seats won 79 78
Seat change Decrease 3 Increase 4
Popular vote 1,928,043 1,953,935
Percentage 44.19% 44.79%
Swing Decrease 2.12% Increase 1.41%

  Third party Fourth party
  No image.svg Johann Kopleniq 1963.jpg
Leader Friedrich Peter Johann Koplenig
Party FPÖ KPÖ
Leader since 1958 1924
Last election 6 seats, 6.57% 3 seats, 4.46%
Seats won 8 0
Seat change Increase 2 Decrease 3
Popular vote 336,110 142,578
Percentage 7.70% 3.28%
Swing Increase 1.13% Decrease 1.18%

Chancellor before election

Julius Raab
ÖVP

Elected Chancellor

Julius Raab
ÖVP

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Parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 10 May 1959.[1] Although the Social Democratic Party received the most votes, the Austrian People's Party retained a bare one-seat plurality. The Communist Party of Austria lost its remaining three seats and has not returned to the National Council since. Voter turnout was 94.2%.[2] The grand coalition that had governed the country since 1945 remained in office, with People's Party leader Julius Raab as Chancellor and Socialist leader Bruno Pittermann as Vice-Chancellor.

Results

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Socialist Party of Austria 1,953,935 44.8 78 +4
Austrian People's Party 1,928,043 44.2 79 –3
Freedom Party of Austria 336,110 7.7 8 +2
Communists and Left Socialists 142,578 3.3 0 –3
League of Democratic Socialists 2,190 0.1 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 61,802
Total 4,424,658 100 165 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
SPÖ
44.78%
ÖVP
44.19%
FPÖ
7.70%
KuL
3.27%
BDS
0.05%
Parliamentary seats
ÖVP
47.88%
SPÖ
47.27%
FPÖ
4.85%

References

  1. ^ Nohlen, Dieter; Stöver, Philip (31 May 2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. p. 196. ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7.
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p214


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