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The 5th German federal election, 1965, was conducted on 19 September 1965, to elect members to the Bundestag (lower house) of West Germany.


Issues and campaign


Party Party List votes Vote percentage (change) Total Seats (change) Seat percentage
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 12,387,562 38.0% +2.2% 196 +4 39.5%
Christian Social Union (CSU) 3,136,506 9.6% +0.1% 49 -1 9.9%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 3,096,739 9.5% -3.3% 49 -18 9.9%
Social Democratic Party 12,813,186 39.3% +3.1% 202 +12 40.7%
All Others 1,186,449 3.6%   0   0.0%
Totals 32,620,442 100.0%   496 -3 100.0%
Seat results -- SPD in red, FDP in yellow, CDU/CSU in black


The coalition between the CDU/CSU and the FDP returned to government, with Ludwig Erhard as Chancellor. In 1966, the FDP left the coalition over budget issues, and Erhard resigned. Kurt Georg Kiesinger (also CDU) formed a new grand coalition between the CDU/CSU and the SPD which lasted until the next election.




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