Election to the National Council in Austria in 1959
The National Council election on May 10, 1959 was the ninth in the history of Austria . The party with the strongest votes was the SPÖ under Bruno Pittermann . In second place came the ÖVP under Chancellor Julius Raab , which, however, got one more mandate than the SPÖ due to the arithmetic of the elections. The FPÖ under the former SS- Obersturmführer Friedrich Peter was able to gain votes and mandates, while the KPÖ was unable to achieve a basic mandate for the first time.
4,696,603 people were eligible to vote. The turnout was 92.90 percent (1956: 94.31 percent).
|Candidates||be right||proportion of||Mandates|
|Socialist Party of Austria (SPÖ)||1,953,935||44.8%||+1.8%||78||+4|
|Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)||1,928,043||44.2%||−1.8%||79||−3|
|Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ)||336.110||7.7%||+1.2%||8th||+2|
|Communists and Left Socialists (KuL)||142,578||3.27%||−1.15%||0||−3|
|Association of Democratic Socialists (BDS)||2,190||0.1%||nk||0||-|
nk = not running
Results in the federal states
The results in the federal states are listed here.
The grand coalition of ÖVP and SPÖ was continued. The ÖVP was allowed to continue to provide the Federal Chancellor with Julius Raab , but the SPÖ, which provided the Vice Chancellor with Bruno Pittermann, also received the Foreign Ministry . The federal government of Raab III began its work on July 16, 1959. The Raab IV federal government followed on November 3, 1960, and the Gorbach I federal government took over on April 11, 1961 .