The opening of the first four party congresses leading up to the Government elections in West Germany began on Monday (9 October).
The opening of the first four party congresses leading up to the Government elections in West Germany began on Monday (9 October). The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) began with a three-day conference in Wiesbaden, to be followed by Chancellor Willy Brandt's Social Democrat (SPD) meeting in Dortmund.
The party meetings, campaigning for the 496 seats in the Bundestag (parliament) were designed mainly to display the party personalities. Polling will be held on November 19.
SYNOPSIS: The West German election campaigns began in Wiesbaden on Monday with the opening of the major Christian Democratic Union congress. This, and the conference of the three other major parties, lead up to the German elections on November the nineteenth.
The parties, all busy completing final preparations for their campaign meetings ever the weekend--this is the CDU hall in Wiesbaden--are competing for the four hundred and ninety-six seats in the Bundestag, West Germany's parliament. It will be West German's seventh election, but the first to be held prematurely because a government lost its majority. This happened when Chancellor Willy Srandt's Social Democrats lost it's small majority in the last parliament with defections to the opposition in protest against Browt's efforts in improve relations with the communist bloc.