• Short Summary

    THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY WON ANOTHER ABSOLUTE MAJORITY IN THE WEST BERLIN CITY ELECTIONS TODAY, BUT LOST A NUMBER OF SEATS AND HAD A REDUCED SHARE OF THE TOTAL VOTE.

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    THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY WON ANOTHER ABSOLUTE MAJORITY IN THE WEST BERLIN CITY ELECTIONS TODAY, BUT LOST A NUMBER OF SEATS AND HAD A REDUCED SHARE OF THE TOTAL VOTE. PROVISIONAL FINAL FIGURES GIVE THEM 81 SEATS OUT OF A TOTAL 137 SEATS IN THE CITY PARLIAMENT. IN THE LAST ELECTIONS, IN 1963, THEY HELD 89 SEATS IN WHAT WAS THEN A 140-SEAT PARLIAMENT.

    OF THE OTHER PARTIES, CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS WILL HOLD 47 SEATS IN THE NEW CITY PARLIAMENT AND FREE DEMOCRATS NINE.

    THE PARTIES WHICH MADE ADVANCES TODAY IN CLAIMING AN INCREASED SHARE OF THE VOTE WERE THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS AND THE COMMUNIST SOCIALIST UNITY PARTY. THE COMMUNISTS INCREASED THEIR SHARE OF THE TOTAL VOTE FROM 1.3 PER CENT TO TWO PERCENT. BUT THEY FAILED TO WIN REPRESENTATION IN THE CITY PARLIAMENT. COMMUNISTS ARE BANNED IN WEST GERMANY, BUT ARE ALLOWED TO STAND FOR ELECTIONS IN WEST BERLIN UNDER A FOUR-POWER AGREEMENT MADE IN 1946.

    SOCIAL DEMOCRAT SPOKESMEN ASCRIBED THEIR LOSS OF VOTES TO THE CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP. AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, FORMER WEST BERLIN MAYOR WILLY BRANDT BECAME WEST GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER AND HANDED OVER TO THE PRESENT MAYOR, THE PROTESTANT PASTOR HEINRICH ALBERTZ.

    THE ELECTION TODAY WAS HELD AMID STORMS AND HEAVY RAIN WHICH HELPED CUT THE TURN-OUT OF VOTES FROM THE 1963 TOTAL OF 89.9 PER CENT DOWN TO 85.7 PER CENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6087AZZLVYYXGGH328L4ZKRZU
    Media URN:
    VLVA6087AZZLVYYXGGH328L4ZKRZU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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