1959 Israeli Legislative Election
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1959 Israeli Legislative Election

Legislative elections were held in Israel on 3 November 1959 to elect the 120 members of the fourth Knesset. Mapai remained the dominant party, gaining seven seats. Following the elections, Mapai leader David Ben-Gurion formed ninth government on 17 December 1959. His coalition included the National Religious Party, Mapam, Ahdut HaAvoda, the Progressive Party and the three Israeli Arab parties, Progress and Development, Cooperation and Brotherhood and Agriculture and Development. The government had 16 ministers. Mapai's Kadish Luz became the Speaker of the Knesset.

Voter turnout was 81.5%.[1]

Results

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Party Votes % Seats +/-
Mapai 370,585 38.2 47 +7
Herut 130,515 13.5 17 +2
National Religious Party 95,581 9.9 12 +1
Mapam 69,468 7.2 9 0
General Zionists 59,700 6.2 8 -5
Ahdut HaAvoda 58,043 6.0 7 -3
Religious Torah Front 45,569 4.7 6 0
Progressive Party 44,889 4.6 6 +1
Maki 27,374 2.8 3 -3
Progress and Development 12,347 1.3 2 New
Cooperation and Brotherhood 11,104 1.1 2 New
Agriculture and Development 10,902 1.1 1 0
Union of North African Immigrants 8,199 0.8 0 New
Progress and Work 4,651 0.5 0 -2
Independent Faction for Israeli Arabs 3,818 0.4 0 New
Israeli Arab Labour Party 3,369 0.3 0 New
Sephardi National Party 3,133 0.3 0 New
National Union 2,456 0.2 0 0
Holocaust Handicapped and Injured Faction 1,765 0.2 0 New
Yemenite Faction 1,711 0.2 0 0
Independents 1,611 0.2 0 New
Socialist Union (Bund) 1,322 0.1 0 New
New Immigrants Front 631 0.1 0 0
Third Power 594 0.1 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 24,967 - - -
Total 994,306 100 120 0
Source: Nohlen et al.

Aftermath

The government collapsed when Ben-Gurion resigned on 31 January 1961, over a motion of no-confidence brought by Herut and the General Zionists in the wake of the Lavon Affair. When Ben-Gurion was unable to form a new government new elections were called. Serving one year and nine months, the fourth Knesset was the shortest Knesset term until the five-month twenty-first Knesset in 2019.

See also

References

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p124 ISBN 0-19-924958-X

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