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  1. hung parliamentnoun

    a parliament in which no single political party has an outright majority

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  1. Hung parliament

    A hung parliament is a term used in legislatures primarily under the Westminster system to describe a situation in which no single political party or pre-existing coalition (also known as an alliance or bloc) has an absolute majority of legislators (commonly known as members or seats) in a parliament or other legislature. This situation is also known as a balanced parliament, or as a legislature under no overall control (NOC), and can result in a minority government. The term is irrelevant/almost ubiquitous in multi-party systems and proportional representation systems where it is rare for a single party to hold a majority of the seats. In the Westminster system, in the absence of a clear majority, no party or coalition has an automatic mandate to assume control of the executive — a status usually known in parliamentary systems as "forming (a) government". It is possible that an absolute majority may still be gained through the formation of a new coalition government, or the addition of previously unaffiliated members to a pre-existing coalition. Additionally, a minority government may instead result — that is, the party that has the most members is allowed to form government without an absolute majority, provided that it has the express, ongoing support of unaffiliated members, such as minor parties and/or independent legislators.

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  1. Hung parliament

    In a two-party parliamentary system of government, a hung parliament occurs when neither major political party has an absolute majority of seats in the parliament. It is also less commonly known as a balanced parliament or a legislature under no overall control. If the legislature is bicameral, and the government is responsible only to the lower house, then "hung parliament" is used only with respect to that chamber. Most general elections in a two-party system will result in one party having an absolute majority and thus quickly forming a new government; a "hung parliament" is an exception to this pattern, and may be considered anomalous or undesirable. One or both main parties may seek to form a coalition government with smaller third parties, or a minority government relying on confidence and supply support from third parties or independents. If these efforts fail, a dissolution of parliament and a fresh election may be the last resort. In a multi-party system with legislatures elected by proportional representation, it is rare for a party to win an outright majority of seats, so a "hung parliament" is the norm and the term is rarely used. However, the term may be used to describe an election in which no established alliance among the parties wins an outright majority, such as the 2005 German election, in which the incumbent left-wing coalition and the right-wing opposition both failed to win a majority.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hung parliament in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hung parliament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of hung parliament in a Sentence

  1. Nicola Sturgeon:

    The general election on May 7 is a fantastic opportunity for Scotland to make Westminster sit up and take notice, by holding the balance of power in a hung Parliament, SNP MPs can work with others to lock David Cameron out of Downing Street -- and ensure that Scotland's priorities become priorities at Westminster.

  2. Jeremy Hunt:

    What we are looking for is to avoid a long extension, we are a democracy with a hung parliament, so it's not easy.

  3. Nicola Sturgeon:

    By holding the balance of power in a hung Parliament, SNP MPs can work with others to lock David Cameron out of Downing Street -- and ensure that Scotland's priorities become priorities at Westminster.


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