• Short Summary

    PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOLLOWING TODAY'S (SUNDAY) GENERAL ELECTION IN BELGIUM INDICATE HEAVY LOSSES FOR THE GOVERNING COALITION OF THE SOCIAL CHRISTIANS (ROMAN CATHOLICS) AND THE SOCIALISTS.

  • Description

    PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOLLOWING TODAY'S (SUNDAY) GENERAL ELECTION IN BELGIUM INDICATE HEAVY LOSSES FOR THE GOVERNING COALITION OF THE SOCIAL CHRISTIANS (ROMAN CATHOLICS) AND THE SOCIALISTS. FIGURES RELEASED IN BRUSSELS TONIGHT SHOW THAT BOTH PARTIES EACH LOST ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF THEIR VOTE OVER FIGURES FOR THE 1961 GENERAL ELECTION.

    THE OPPOSITION 'FREEDOM AND PROGRESS' PARTY MADE THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL GAINS BY INCREASING ITS SHARE OF THE VOTE BY ROUGHLY 12 PER CENT, MAINLY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE COALITION PARTIES. TWO OTHER PARTIES, THE COMMUNISTS AND THE FLEMISH NATIONALIST 'VOLKSUNIE' PARTY, ALSO MADE NOTABLE BUT LESS SPECTACULAR GAINS.

    IN FRENCH-SPEAKING WALLONIA, THE COMMUNISTS POLLED HEAVILY, WHILE IN RURAL FLANDERS THE 'VOLKSUNIE', A RIGHT-WING ORGANISATION, POLLED EQUALLY WELL.

    ALTHOUGH THE FINAL POSITION WILL NOT BE KNOWN UNTIL EITHER MONDAY OR TUESDAY, AN ESTIMATED ONE-THIRD OF THE MEMBERS OF THE NEW CHAMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE WILL BE TAKING THEIR SEATS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

    THE MAIN ISSUE AT STAKE IN THE ELECTION HAS BEEN A PROPOSED CHANGE IN BELGIUM'S 135-YEAR-OLD CONSTITUTION, DESIGNED TO END THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE FLEMINGS AND THE FRENCH-SPEAKING WALLOONS. THE CHANGES ENVISAGE CULTURAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE AUTONOMY FOR BOTH SECTION OF THE POPULATION AND FOR BI-LINGUAL BRUSSELS. THE OVERALL EFFECT WOULD BE TO TRANSFORM BELGIUM FROM A UNITARY STATE INTO A LOOSE FEDERATION.

    (AN ESTIMATED 6 MILLION PEOPLE WENT TO THE POLLS TODAY THROUGHOUT BELGIUM. VOTING IS COMPULSORY AND FAILURE TO VOTE IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF 2000 FRANCE, ABOUT 30 SHILLINGS STERLING.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9KJU1RKXKU1NB1JY7U3KOQ3KQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9KJU1RKXKU1NB1JY7U3KOQ3KQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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