Belgian general election, 1946

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Belgian general election, 1946
Belgium
← 1939 17 February 1946 (1946-02-17) 1949 →

All 202 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
102 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Hubert Pierlot Paul-Henri Spaak Julien Lahaut
Party Christian Social Socialist Communist
Leader since Candidate for PM? Candidate for PM 1945
Last election 73 seats, 33.58% 64 seats, 29.44% 9 seats, 4.65%
Seats won 92 69 23
Seat change Increase19 Increase5 Increase14
Popular vote 1,006,293 746,738 300,099
Percentage 42.54% 31.57% 12.69%
Swing Increase8.96% Increase2.13% Increase8.04%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Roger Motz Pierre Clerdent
Antoine Delfosse
Party Liberal Democratic Union
Leader since 1945 1945
Last election 33 seats, 17.18% New party
Seats won 17 1
Seat change Decrease16 Increase1
Popular vote 211,143 51,095
Percentage 8.93% 2.16%
Swing Decrease8.25 Increase2.16%

Prime Minister before election

Achille Van Acker
Socialist

Prime Minister

Paul-Henri Spaak
Socialist

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General elections were held in Belgium on 17 February 1946.[1] The result was a victory for the Christian Social Party, which won 92 of the 202 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 51 of the 101 seats in the Senate.[2] Voter turnout was 90.3%.[3]

They were the first elections after the Second World War and saw fundamental changes among the political parties. The Flemish National Union, which held 17 seats prior to the war and collaborated with Nazi Germany during the war, was outlawed. The Catholic Party changed into the Christian Social Party while the Belgian Labour Party changed into the Belgian Socialist Party. The Liberal Party suffered major losses, while the Christian Social Party and the Communist Party made major gains. Despite this, the Socialist Party led by Paul-Henri Spaak formed a minority government, which fell shortly after.

Results[edit]

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Christian Social Party 1,006,293 42.54 92
Belgian Socialist Party 746,738 31.57 69
Communist Party of Belgium 300,099 12.69 23
Liberal Party 211,143 8.93 17
Belgian Democratic Union 51,095 2.16 1
Liberal-Socialist Kartels 37,844 1.60 0
Union des métiers 3,360 0.14 0
FRENSSEN 2,480 0.10 0
Independents 2,785 0.12 0
Walloon Unity Party 1,774 0.07 0
Belgian People's Movement 865 0.04 0
Resistant 676 0.03 0
Middle Classes 274 0.01 0
Belgian Free Independents 212 0.01 0
Invalid/blank votes 94,971
Total 2,460,609 100 202
Registered voters/turnout 2,724,796 90.30
Source: Belgian Elections

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Christian Social Party 999,264 42.74 51
Belgian Socialist Party 729,943 31.22 34
Communist Party of Belgium 300,655 12.86 11
Liberal Party 214,837 9.19 4
Belgian Democratic Union 48,441 2.07 0
Liberal-Socialist Kartels 33,732 1.44 1
Union des métiers 3,764 0.16 0
Demarrez 3,753 0.16 0
Independents 3,866 0.17 0
Invalid/blank votes 106,767
Total 2,445,022 100 101
Source: Belgian Elections

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p289 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp309-311
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p290