West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's fragile coalition suffered a setback on Sunday (23 April) in the crucial state elections in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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Background: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's fragile coalition suffered a setback on Sunday (23 April) in the crucial state elections in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Voters in Stuttgart and other communities in the state appeared to have given Herr Brandt's opponents, the Christian Democratic Party (C.D.U.), a sweeping victory at the polls. The vote could greatly affect the government coalition's struggle for ratification of its controversial treaties with the Soviet Union and Poland.
The vote ensures the C.D.U. continued control of the Federal Cooper house of Parliament--and the C.D.U is opposed to Herr Brandt's conciliatory treaties.
Unofficial computer projections after three hours of vote counting gave the C.D.U. more than 53 per cent of the total vote and an overall majority.
Another blow fell on the coalition on Sunday when one of the 27 Free Democratic deputies, whose votes keep the Brandt government in power, announced his resignation. The deputy made the move because he felt the party no longer represented the "liberal centre". This effectively reduces the government's majority to three.
SYNOPSIS: Voters in Stuttgart and other parts of the West German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg appeared to have given the opposition Christian Democrats a sweeping victory in Sunday's crucial poll.
Because the Christian Democrats oppose the Brandt coalition government's controversial treaties with Russia and Poland, the results could effect the struggle for ratification.
The vote ensures the Christian Democrats continued control of the Federal upper house of Parliament. Unofficial projections gave the Christian Democrats more than 53 per cent and an overall majority.
The coalition suffered another blow on Sunday in an unrelated event when a Free Democratic deputy announced his resignation. The Free Democratic deputies keep the Brandt government in power and this reduces the government majority to three.