The Social Democrats and the Communists succeeded in securing a majority of the 231 seats in the Lower Chamber at the General Elections on June 1st.
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Background: The Social Democrats and the Communists succeeded in securing a majority of the 231 seats in the Lower Chamber at the General Elections on June 1st.
According to preliminary figures the Social Democrats added seven new seats to their 106 in the old Chamber, whereas the Communists lost one of their six. The most sensational outcome was the heavy loss of seats that the Liberals (Peoples' Party) sustained. This group not only lost 21 of their 58 seats but also their position as the biggest opposition party of the Conservatives, who increased their representation by two to 44.
The greatest success was scored by the Agrarians (Centre Party) with 13 gains, giving them 32 seats in all. It is likely that the narrow margin between Socialists and Non-Socialists will be still smaller as it is expected that the postal vote will give one or two seats more to the non-Socialists.
The unexpected setback for the liberals indicates a still sharper division between Socialists and non-Socialists on the question of supplementary pensions than at the referendum last autumn. The Liberals have now put forward a compromise proposal according to which every citizen should have the right to a supplementary pension but also to remain outside the scheme if he so desires. It was no doubt this plan that scared so many of the former Liberal voters.