Hung parliament

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In Parliamentary systems, a hung parliament is one in which no one political party has an outright majority. This situation is normal in many legislatures with proportional representation or in legislatures with strong regional parties. In first past the post chambers with weak regional parties, it is a rarity, as the voting system under-represents the minor parties and over-represents the larger ones.

A hung parliament will force either a coalition government, a minority government or a dissolution of parliament.

The most recent hung parliament after a general election in the United Kingdom was the February 1974 general election, which lasted until the October election that year. Prior to that the last had been the election of 1929.

The current parliament of Canada is a hung parliament; the term is not used in Canada, where the term minority parliament is used.

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