Belgian general election, 1954

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Belgian general election, 1954
Belgium
← 1950 11 April 1954 1958 →

212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives

Government before election

Van Houtte
Christian democratic

Elected Government

Van Acker IV
Socialist-Liberal

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General elections were held in Belgium on 11 April 1954.[1] The dominant Christian Social Party won 95 of the 212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 49 of the 106 seats in the Senate.[2] Voter turnout was 93.2%.[3] Elections for the nine provincial councils were also held.

The outgoing Catholic government led by Jean Van Houtte lost their majority in parliament. The two other main parties, the Socialist and Liberal Party, subsequently formed a rare "purple" government with Achille Van Acker as Prime Minister. Both parties had an anti-clerical agenda and aimed to reverse policies of the Catholic government regarding private schools. This would become known as the Second School War.

Results[edit]

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Christian Social Party 2,123,408 41.15 95 –13
Belgian Socialist Party 1,927,015 37.34 82 +9
Liberal Party 626,983 12.15 24 +4
Communist Party of Belgium 184,108 3.57 4 –3
Christian Flemish People's Union 113,632 2.20 1 New
Liberal-Soclialist Kartels 108,175 2.10 5 +1
Christian Social Rally of Liberty 42,979 0.83 1 New
Radio Antwerp 10,177 0.20 0 New
Middle Class 9,729 0.19 0 New
Universal People 3,139 0.06 0 New
Veteran Combatants 1,839 0.04 0 New
Van Wonterghem 1,817 0.04 0 New
Liberal Dissidents 1,807 0.04 0 New
Independent Social Party 1,613 0.03 0 New
Hubert List 1,143 0.02 0 New
Camus List 1,001 0.02 0 New
Independent Union 884 0.02 0 New
European Movement 581 0.01 0 New
Flemish Bloc 456 0.01 0 New
Mediator 191 0.00 0 New
Independents 246 0.00 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 302,668
Total 5,463,154 100 212 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,863,092 93.18
Source: Belgian Elections

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Christian Social Party 2,387,828 42.80 49 –5
Belgian Socialist Party 2,047,265 36.70 42 +5
Liberal Party 676,689 12.13 11 +1
Communist Party of Belgium 187,840 3.37 2 –1
Liberal-Soclialist Kartels 108,966 1.95 2 0
Christian Flemish People's Union 82,862 1.49 0 New
People's Union 36,564 0.66 0 New
Christian Social Rally of Liberty 32,333 0.58 0 New
Other parties 14,661 0.26 0
Invalid/blank votes 286,541
Total 5,965,130 100 106 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,863,092 101.74
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, p291