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|Landtag of Bavaria
|President of the Landtag||Barbara Stamm, CSU
since 20 October 2008
|Last election||28 September 2008|
The Landtag of Bavaria (English: State Diet of Bavaria) is the unicameral legislature of the state of Bavaria in Germany. Between 1946 and 1999 there was an upper house, the Senate of Bavaria. The parliament meets in the Maximilianeum.
Elections to the Landtag are held every five years and have to be conducted on a Sunday or public holiday. The following elections have to be held no earlier than 59 months and no later than 62 months after the previous one, unless the Landtag is dissolved.
The most recent elections to the Bavarian Landtag were held on 28 September 2008.
The 2008 Bavarian Landtag elections saw a drop-off in support for the Christian Social Union, which has dominated politics in the state since the 1950s.
|Party||Ideology||Vote % (change)||Seats (change)||Seat %|
|Christian Social Union (CSU)||Centre-right||43.4%||-17.3%||92||-32||49.2%|
|Social Democratic Party (SPD)||Centre-left||18.6%||-1.0%||39||-2||20.9%|
|Free Voters (FW)||Various, lean right||10.2%||+6.2%||21||+21||11.2%|
|Alliance '90/The Greens||Environmental, left-wing||9.4%||+1.7%||19||+4||10.2%|
|Free Democratic Party (FDP)||Free Market||8.0%||+5.4%||16||+16||8.6%|
|The Left (Die Linke)||Left-wing||4.3%||+4.3%|
|Ecological Democratic Party (ÖDP)||Environmental, centre-right||2.0%||+0.0%|
|The Republicans (Republikaner)||Right-wing||1.4%||-0.9%|
|National Democratic Party (NPD)||Far-right, nationalist||1.2%||+1.2%|
|Bavaria Party (BP)||Secessionist, center-right||1.1%||+0.3%|
|Pensioners' Party (RRP)||Pensioner's Advocacy||0.2%||+0.2%|
|The Violets (Violetten)||Spiritualist||0.1%||+0.1%|
|Citizens' Bloc (BB)||0.1%||+0.1%|
Elections are conducted using a proportional representation system. A minimum 5% share of the votes is required under German law in order for a party to receive any seats.
The state government is formed by the CSU. Günther Beckstein has been Minister President of Bavaria since September 2007, when he succeeded Edmund Stoiber, who had been Minister President since 1998. In October 2008 Horst Seehofer became the current Minister President. Their mutual party, the CSU, has dominated the Bavarian Landtag for nearly the entire post-war period.
Five years later in 2008, the CSU saw a stunning reversal of fortunes, and failed to win a majority of seats in Bavaria for the first time in 46 years. In the aftermath of this result, the SPD floated the idea that the four other parties should all unite to form a government excluding the CSU, as it had "lost its mandate to lead." The FDP were not interested.
|Year||CSU||SPD||B'90/Grüne||KPD||FDP||BP||BHE DG||GB BHE||NPD||WAV||REP||FW||ÖDP|
Source:"Wahlergebnisse seit 1946". Bavarian Landtag. http://www.bayern.landtag.de/pdf_internet/Gesamtwahl2003.pdf. Retrieved 2008-06-06. [dead link]
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