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    The centre-left coalition government led by chancellor Helmut Schmidt suffered a major cut in its majority in the West German general elections on Sunday.

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    The centre-left coalition government led by chancellor Helmut Schmidt suffered a major cut in its majority in the West German general elections on Sunday.

    SYNOPSIS: Support for both the ruling parties slumped in the election. The senior partner, the Social Democrats, and the minority Free Democrats now have 252 seats -- a majority of eight. In the last parliament their majority was 46. The opposition right-of-centre Christian Democrats emerged from the election was the biggest single party with 244 seats.

    Before the results were announced there were indications that the coalition would only win a narrow majority. One television computer analysis of voting returns forecast the exact result. With the election results announced, the Christian Democrat opposition leader, Dr. Helmut Kohl, was mobbed by supporters. He said that his part had scored a moral victory over the coalition. And Dr. Kohl demanded that he should have the first chance to form a government.

    Chancellor Schmidt dismissed the suggestion -- and another from the opposition that the coalition would find it impossible to rule for another four years with such a small majority. The coalition could survive its term, he said.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7R3ACG479JAB7KQ00RNVIQEDU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7R3ACG479JAB7KQ00RNVIQEDU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
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    N/A

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