Greek legislative election, 1958

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Greek legislative election, 1958
Kingdom of Greece
1956 ←
members
11 May 1958
→ 1961
members

All 300 seats to the Greek Parliament
151 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Konstantinos Karamanlis Ioannis Passalidis Sofoklis Venizelos
Party ERE EDA Liberal
Leader since 1955 1951 1948
Last election 165 seats, 47.38% 19 seats 42 seats
Seats won 171 60 36
Seat change +6 +41 -6
Percentage 41.16% 24.42% 20,67%
Swing -6.22%

PM before election

Konstantinos Karamanlis
ERE

Subsequent PM

Konstantinos Karamanlis
ERE

Parliamentary elections were held in Greece on 11 May 1958.[1] The result was a second consecutive victory for Constantine Karamanlis and his National Radical Union party, which won 171 of the 300 seats in Parliament.

Background[edit]

Karamanlis took the decision to call for early elections, after some of the most prominent members of the National Radical Union defected from the party, including George Rallis and Panagis Papaligouras. Although Karamanlis could have a parliamentary majority, he preferred to go for elections, in order to achieve a renewed public support.

The pretext of the defection was a new electoral law that Karamanlis passed. Rallis was opposed to the law, thinking that it is going to be extremely favorable for EDA, a party believed to be linked with the then-banned Communist Party of Greece.

The outcome of the results proved that Rallis' "fears" were justified. EDA became the second biggest party, outvoting a divided centre.

Just after the elections Karamanlis formed a new government, taking back in his party the defectors.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
National Radical Union 1,583,885 41.2 171 +6
United Democratic Left 939,902 24.4 79
Liberal Party 795,445 20.7 36
Progressive Agricultural Democratic Union 408,787 10.6 10 New
Union of Populars 113,358 2.9 4 New
List of Independents 4,009 0.1 0 –2
Independents 2,339 0.1 0 –1
Invalid/blank votes 16,197
Total 3,863,922 100 300 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,119,148 75.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
ERE
  
41.16%
EDA
  
24.43%
KF
  
20.67%
PADE
  
10.62%
EL
  
2.95%
Others
  
0.16%
Parliament seats
ERE
  
57.00%
EDA
  
26.33%
KF
  
12.00%
PADE
  
3.33%
EL
  
1.33%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p830 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7