1951 Greek legislative election
All 258 seats of the Greek Parliament
130 seats were needed for a majority
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Parliamentary elections were held in Greece on 9 September 1951. They resulted in an ambivalent outcome, consisting a narrow and pyrrhic, as proven later, victory for the ruling center-liberal parties of Sophoklis Venizelos and Nikolaos Plastiras.
After the Greek elections of 1950, when the divided centrist parties had a clear majority in the Parliament political instability was the main characteristic of the political life in Greece. The subsequent centre-liberal governments of Sophoklis Venizelos, Nikolaos Plastiras and Georgios Papandreou did not manage to ensure and enforce stability. As a result, Nikolaos Plastiras supported a People's Party government, under the terms that the latter would soon conduct elections.
First party in the elections of 1951 was the just-founded Greek Rally of Alexandros Papagos, which swept the traditionally dominant right-wing People's Party. Nevertheless, the two major centrist-liberal parties, the Liberal Party and the National Progressive Center Union, elected more deputies than the conservatives.
|National Progressive Center Union||401,379||23.5||74||+29|
|United Democratic Left||180,640||10.6||10||–8|
|Georgios Papandreou Party||35,810||2.1||0||–35|
|Agricultural and Labour Party||21,009||1.2||1||New|
|Socialist Party of Greece||3,912||0.2||0||New|
|List of Independents||1,554||0.1||0||0|
|Communist Archio-Marxist Party of Greece||1,148||0.1||0||New|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|
Since no party or alliance had the absolute majority in the Parliament and Alexandros Papagos refused to participate in a government of national unity, the Liberal Party and the National Progressive Center Union formed a minority government under the leadership of Nikolaos Plastiras, which lasted for about a year, since 1952, when Nikolaos Plastiras submitted his resignation and new legislative elections were proclaimed by the King Paul I.