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    FOUR PARTIES ARE CONTESTING THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR THE WEST BERLIN CITY PARLIAMENT, DUE TO MAKE PLACE NEXT SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 17.) THE GOVERNING PARTY, THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS, ARE LED BY THE MAYOR, HERR WILLY BRANDT.

  • Description

    FOUR PARTIES ARE CONTESTING THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR THE WEST BERLIN CITY PARLIAMENT, DUE TO MAKE PLACE NEXT SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 17.) THE GOVERNING PARTY, THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS, ARE LED BY THE MAYOR, HERR WILLY BRANDT.OPPOSING HIS ABSOLUTE MAJORITY ARE THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS, THE FREE DEMOCRATS, AND THE COMMUNISTS.

    IN THE LAST ELECTION, IN DECEMBER 1958, THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS WON 52.1 PER CENT OF ALL THE VOTES CAST.THE MAIN OPPONENT TO MAYOR BRANDT IS THE DEPUTY MAYOR, FRANZ AMREHN, CHAIRMAN OF THE WEST BERLIN BRANCH OF THE CHRISTIAN-DEMOCRATIC PARTY LED BY THE CHANCELLOR, DR KONRAD ADENAUER.HIS PARTY POLLED 37.3 PER CENT OF THE VALID VOTES IN 1958.

    THE SPECIAL DEMOCRATS AND THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS IN WEST BERLIN HAVE SUCCEEDED IN A UNIQUE EXPERIMENT IN POST-WAR GERMAN DOMESTIC POLITICS.AFTER THEY JOINED FORCES IN A COALITION, WITH A PARLIAMENT CONSISTING ONLY OF DEPUTIES OF THEIR TWO PARTIES, THERE WAS NO OPPOSITION IN THE CITY PARLIAMENT.

    THE THREE DEMOCRATS, LED BY DR ERICH MENDE POLLED ONLY 3,8 PER CENT OF THE VALID VOTES IN THE LAST ELECTION.THE COMMUNISTS, WHO POLLED ONLY 1.9 PER CENT OF THE VOTES IN THE LAST ELECTION ARE CAMPAIGNING THIS YEAR AS THE SOCIALIST UNITY PARTY OF WEST BERLIN.

    A MAJOR ISSUE IN THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN THE CANCELLATION OF THE PLANNED MEETING BETWEEN HERR BRANDT AND MR KHRUSHCHEV, WHO VISITED EAST BERLIN LAST MONTH FOR THE SOCIALIST UNITY PARTY CONGRESS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2LKCILR8Q5REYQ7C2QFOQ2AXS
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LKCILR8Q5REYQ7C2QFOQ2AXS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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