Saxony state election, 2004

Saxony State Election, 2004

Saxony state election, 2004

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The Saxony state election of 2004, was conducted on September 19, 2004, to elect members to the Landtag of Saxony.

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  • The most striking result of the election, gaining international attention, was the entrance into the Landtag of the nationalist (and quasi-national-socialist) NPD, which won 12 seats. Its strength was mostly in the rural areas. Commentators attributed the NPD's success to alienation stemming from economic depression.
  • The continuing strength in Saxony of the east-German communist SED's-successor party, the PDS, was also notable.
  • The CDU remained the strongest party with 55 of 124 seats, but lost its majority. This meant that it had to find coalition partners. The most logical was the free-market FDP. The FDP had won only 7 seats, though, which was just barely insufficient to form a CDU-FDP government. Coalition with the reformed-Communist PDS (which was later to merge into the Linke party) or with the left-wing Greens was ideologically impossible. The CDU could have, mathematically, formed a government with the far-right NPD (which gained 12 seats), but this too was out of the question. The result was a much-bemoaned grand coalition of the two centrist-parties (CDU and SPD). This grand-coalition outcome was later mirrored nationally in the 2005 Bundestag elections.
  • Georg Milbradt remained in office as Prime Minister. Notably however, the far-right NPD received two more votes on the ballot for Prime Minister than it had members in the Landtag. It......
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