State election in Rhineland-Palatinate 1996
The state elections in Rhineland-Palatinate in 1996 took place on March 24th at the same time as the state elections in Baden-Württemberg and Schleswig-Holstein . Despite the loss of votes by the SPD , the social-liberal coalition led by Prime Minister Kurt Beck was able to continue.
A social-liberal coalition made up of the SPD and FDP has ruled Rhineland-Palatinate since 1991. 1991 to 1994 with Rudolf Scharping and since 1994 with Kurt Beck (SPD) as Prime Minister. After the lost election in 1991, the CDU voted out Hans-Otto Wilhelm as chairman in 1992 . His successor Werner Langen stayed in office for only one year. The CDU's top candidate was now the party chairman Johannes Gerster, who was elected in 1993 .
The elections to the 13th state parliament resulted in the following result (final result):
Eligible voters: 2,987,099
Voters: 2,114,933 (turnout: 70.80%)
Valid constituency votes: 2,047,309
Valid national votes: 2,063,726
After this election, a black-yellow coalition again had a majority in the state parliament. Nevertheless, the FDP decided to continue the social-liberal coalition.