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General elections were held in the Netherlands on 25 May 1977.[1] The Labour Party remained the largest party, winning 53 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2] Following the election, it took 208 days of negotiations to form a new government. This was a European record for longest government formation that stood until after the 2010 Belgian general election.[3] The Christian Democratic Appeal was formed by the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP), Christian Historical Union (CHU) and the Catholic People's Party (KVP) in 1976. The first joint party leader was a member of the KVP, Dries van Agt.

Dutch general election, 1977
Netherlands
← 1972 25 May 1977 1981 →
Turnout88.1%
Party Leader % Seats ±
PvdA Joop den Uyl 33.8% 53 +10
CDA Dries van Agt 31.9% 49 +1
VVD Hans Wiegel 17.9% 28 +6
D66 Jan Terlouw 5.4% 8 +2
SGP Hette Abma 2.1% 3 0
CPN Marcus Bakker 1.7% 2 -5
PPR Ria Beckers 1.6% 3 -4
GPV Bart Verbrugh 0.9% 1 -1
PSP Bram van der Lek 0.9% 1 -1
BP Hendrik Koekoek 0.8% 1 -2
DS'70 Willem Drees Jr. 0.7% 1 -5
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
TweedeKamer 1977.png
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Joop den Uyl Joop den Uyl
PvdA
Dries van Agt
CDA
Dries van Agt

Eventually a coalition was formed between the Christian Democratic Appeal and the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy with Dries van Agt as Prime Minister.

ResultsEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 2,813,793 33.8 53 +10
Christian Democratic Appeal 2.653.416 31.9 49 +1
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1,492,689 17.9 28 +6
Democrats 1966 452,423 5.4 8 +2
Reformed Political Party 177,010 2.1 3 0
Communist Party of the Netherlands 143,481 1.7 2 –5
Political Party of Radicals 140,910 1.7 3 –4
Reformed Political League 79,421 1.0 1 –1
Pacifist Socialist Party 77,972 0.9 1 –1
Farmers' Party 69,914 0.8 1 –2
Democratic Socialists '70 59,487 0.7 1 –5
Reformatory Political Federation 53,220 0.6 0 New
Dutch Peoples-Union 33,434 0.4 0 New
Roman Catholic Party of the Netherlands 33,227 0.4 0 –1
Socialist Party 24,420 0.3 0 New
Federation of Elderly Parties of the Netherlands 4,379 0.1 0 New
Verbond tegen Ambtelijke Willekeur 4,110 0.0 0 New
Communist Unity Movement of the Netherlands 2,649 0.0 0 New
Democratic Action Centre 2,150 0.0 0 New
Party of the Taxpayers 201 0.0 0 New
European Conservative Union 197 0.0 0 New
Jusia List 91 0.0 0 New
Dutch Middle Class Party 89 0.0 0 0
Griek List 67 0.0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 48,217
Total 8,365,829 100 150 0
Registered voters/turnout 9,506,318 88.0
Source: Nederlandse verkiezingsuitslagen
Popular Vote
PvdA
33.83%
CDA
31.89%
VVD
17.95%
D66
5.44%
SGP
2.13%
CPN
1.73%
PPR
1.69%
GPV
0.95%
PSP
0.94%
BP
0.84%
DS70
0.72%
RPF
0.64%
Other
1.26%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1414
  3. ^ Laurent Thomet (January 8, 2011). "Belgium's shoddy political record poses financial threat". Retrieved 2011-01-27. Without a government for nearly seven months, Belgium now holds a dubious record in Europe and with no end in sight to the political crisis, fears are growing of a backlash from watchful markets. The divided country on Saturday broke the 208-day mark set by the Netherlands in 1977 for being without a government.