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1939 Belgian general election

1939 Belgian general election

← 1936 2 April 1939 1946 →

All 202 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
All 101 seats in the Senate
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Hubert Pierlot Paul-Henri Spaak Émile Coulonvaux
Party Catholic Labour Liberal
Leader since Candidate for PM Candidate for PM 1937
Last election 61 seats, 27.67% 70 seats, 32.11% 23 seats, 12.40%
Seats won 67 64 33
Seat change Increase 6 Decrease 6 Increase 10
Popular vote 594,133 575,775 335,966
Percentage 30.38% 29.44% 17.18%
Swing Increase 2.71% Decrease 2.77% Increase 4.78%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
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Leader Staf De Clercq Julien Lahaut
Xavier Relecom
Georges Van den Boom
Alfons Verbist
Party VNV Communist KVV
Leader since 1933 1936 1936
Last election 16 seats, 7.06% 9 seats, 6.06% New
Seats won 17 9 6
Seat change Increase 1 Steady New
Popular vote 164,253 90,856 62,548
Percentage 8.40% 4.65% 3.20%
Swing Increase 1.36% Decrease 1.41% New

Government before election

Spaak I
National Unity (Lab-Catholic-Lib)

Elected Government

Pierlot I
Catholic-Labour

Hubert Pierlot, Catholic Prime Minister

General elections were held in Belgium on 2 April 1939.[1] The result was a victory for the Catholic Party, which won 67 of the 202 seats in the Chamber of Representatives. Voter turnout was 93.3%.[2]

On 22 February 1939, the Pierlot Government succeeded the Spaak Government. The Government was in a political crisis caused by, among other things, the Martens Affair. As the Pierlot Government fell as well and the ministers failed to form a stable government, King Leopold III insisted on a dissolution of parliament, but the council of ministers refused due to fear for electoral losses. It was not Prime Minister Pierlot, but the Minister of the Interior who provided the required contreseing of the royal order of 6 March 1939 which dissolved the Chambers and triggered the snap elections.

After the election, Pierlot continued as Prime Minister. The elections were the last ones before the Second World War.

Results

Chamber of Representatives

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic Party 594,133 30.38 67 +6
Belgian Labour Party 575,775 29.44 64 –6
Liberal Party 335,966 17.18 33 +10
Flemish National Union 164,253 8.40 17 +1
Communist Party of Belgium 90,856 4.65 9 0
Rexist Party 83,047 4.25 4 –17
Catholic Flemish People's Party 62,548 3.20 6 New
Technocrat Party 10,843 0.55 1 New
Anc. Combat./Oudstrijder 10,630 0.54 1 New
Heimattreue Front 8,057 0.41 0 New
Walloon Party 7,370 0.38 0 New
Afgescheurde Socialists 5,136 0.26 0 New
Afgescheurde Liberals 4,228 0.22 0 New
Action Soc. Rév. - Rev 2,119 0.11 0 New
Lahaut List 367 0.02 0 New
Liste De Keyser (Tchno) 343 0.02 0 New
Walloon Dissident Party 317 0.02 0 New
Verbist 195 0.01 0 New
Independents 91 0.00 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 151,342
Total 2,107,156 100 202 0
Registered voters/turnout 2,667,341 79.00
Source: Belgian Elections

Senate

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic Party 703,250 30.71 35 +1
Belgian Labour Party 701,552 30.64 35 –4
Liberal Party 402,326 17.57 16 +5
Flemish National Union 177,666 7.76 8 +3
Communist Party of Belgium 115,308 5.04 3 –1
Rexist Party 94,543 4.13 1 –7
Catholic Flemish People's Party 62,976 2.75 3 New
Independents 32,209 1.41 0
Invalid/blank votes 199,033
Total 2,488,863 100 101 0
Registered voters/turnout 2,667,341 93.31
Source: Belgian elections

References

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p289 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p290

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