Austrian legislative election, 1966

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Parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 6 March 1966.[1] The result was a victory for the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP), which won 85 of the 165 seats. Voter turnout was 93.8%.[2] With an outright majority of three seats, the ÖVP could govern alone. Nonetheless, ÖVP leader and Chancellor Josef Klaus initially sought to continue the grand coalition with the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) that had governed since 1945. When talks for a renewed coalition failed, Klaus formed an exclusively ÖVP cabinet, the first one-party government of the Second Republic.[3] It was also the first purely centre-right government in Austria since before World War II.

As of the 2017 elections, this is the only time in the ÖVP's history where it has governed in a majority.

Results

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Austrian People's Party 2,191,109 48.3 85 +4
Socialist Party of Austria 1,928,985 42.6 74 –2
Freedom Party of Austria 242,570 5.4 6 –2
Democratic Progressive Party 148,528 3.3 0 New
Communists and Left Socialists 18,636 0.4 0 0
Liberal Party of Austria 1,571 0.0 0 New
Marxist–Leninist Party of Austria 486 0.0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 52,085
Total 4,583,970 100 165 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
ÖVP
48.35%
SPÖ
42.56%
FPÖ
5.35%
DFP
3.28%
KLS
0.41%
Other
0.05%
Parliamentary seats
ÖVP
51.52%
SPÖ
44.85%
FPÖ
3.64%

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, p215
  3. ^ Austria at Encyclopædia Britannica


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