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Landtag of Lower Saxony

The Lower Saxon Landtag (Niedersächsischer Landtag) or the Parliament of Lower Saxony is the state diet of the German state of Lower Saxony. It convenes in Hanover and currently consists of 137 members consisting of five parties. Since 2017 the majority has been a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and the Christian Democratic Union, supporting the cabinet of Minister-President Stephan Weil (SPD).[1]

Landtag of Lower Saxony

Niedersächsischer Landtag
Coat of arms or logo
President of the Landtag
Niedersächsischer Landtag 2017.svg
Political groups
Government (105)
  •      SPD (55)
  •      CDU (50)

Opposition (32)

Last election
15 October 2017
Meeting place
Hannover -neuer Niedersächsischer Landtag- 2018 by-RaBoe 16.jpg
Leineschloss, Hanover

Landtag buildingEdit


The Landtag is situated in the Leineschloss, a former residence of the kings of Hanover. After its destruction in World War II it was rebuilt from 1957 to 1962. Thus, from 1947 to 1962, the parliament of Lower Saxony convened in the Old town hall (Stadthalle Hanover).

Current compositionEdit

After the elections of January 20, 2013, the composition of the Lower Saxony Landtag is as follows:

Party Seats (Percent)
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 54 36.0%
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 49 32.6%
Alliance '90/The Greens (Die Grünen) 20 13.7%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 14 9.9%

Elections are conducted using a proportional representation system, with a minimum of 5% vote share to receive any seats in the Landtag.

Currently, the Social Democratic Party and the Greens have a Government even though they do not have a majority of seats. This is due to Elke Twesten switching party allegiance from the Greens to the CDU on August 7, 2017, leaving the government with 68 seats and the opposition with 69 seats. Because of this, Stephan Weil, the SPD prime minister of the state, called for parliament to be dissolved and new elections to be held three months earlier than previously scheduled.[2]

Presidents of the LandtagEdit

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