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The Imperial Liberal Party (German : Liberale Reichspartei) was a political party in Germany during the 1870s.

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History

The party contested the first elections in the newly unified Germany in 1871, winning 30 seats. [1] The 1874 elections saw the party's vote share fall from 7% to just 1% as it won only three seats. The party did not contest any further elections. [2]

1871 German federal election

The first Federal elections were held in Germany on 3 March 1871. The National Liberal Party emerged as the largest party in the Reichstag, with 125 of the 382 seats. Voter turnout was just 52.0%.

1874 German federal election

Federal elections were held in Germany on 10 January 1874. The National Liberal Party remained the largest party in the Reichstag, with 155 of the 397 seats. Voter turnout was 61.2%.

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References

  1. Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p788 ISBN   978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p767