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Australian 2010 election[edit]

Wasn't the Australian 2010 election parliament already become a hung parliament? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.239.168.140 (talk) 07:45, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

Wales[edit]

Could you say that The National Assembly Of Wales is a hung parliment due to Peter Law defecting and thus being expelled from the Labour Party

Maybe a hung assembly? If labour does not have 50% of the seats + one then technically, yes it could be a hung parliament. However, if I remember correctly, the presiding officer (who does not normally vote except in a tie) is not labour (lib dem?), thus giving Labour a majority (of one). I suggest that you look it up in a news source and then add it as an example of a very gray area to the article (once you have the full facts). Captainj 00:12, 5 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, Lab lost their majority when Peter Law expelled himself for standing against the official candidate in the 2005 Westminster election. When the Assembly was first elected, the result was Lab 30 Plaid 12 Con 11 LibDem 6 Ind 1. When Dafydd Elis-Thomas was reelected as the presiding officer, this reduced the number of opposition AMs who could vote to 29. Thus Lab had a working majority of one seat. This was lost when Law ran in Blaenau Gwent. (For more, see this article) If Lab wins the forcoming Assembly by-election, the working majority will be restored. If not, it will be another year and half of gridlock untill the election. We are in fun times indeed. - Thanks, Hoshie | 01:06, 4 May 2006 (UTC)

Strictly speaking the Welsh Assembly has always been hung. The closest any party has come to a 50%+1 majority was 30/60 Labour seats between 2003 & 2005, but that is just short of the 50%+1 for a single party majority. Yes keeping an opposition AM as Presiding Officer helped secure a working majority, but that's not the same thing. Timrollpickering (talk) 19:55, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

Negiation Section I have altered the Negotiation section to reflect the true situation in a hung Parliament in the UK - strictly speaking the Lib Dems would not 'choose the next Government' - they would choose to ally with one of the other parties. A Lib Dem - Tory or Lib Dem - Labour coalition would not be the same as a wholly Tory or wholly Labour government. It is also possible that the Lib Dems could choose to sit it out, and allow the largest party to govern on a minority basis, supporting specific measures with which they agreed. TAGilbert —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.151.104.237 (talk) 10:08, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

uk's sensationalist media?[edit]

I am pretty sure hung parliament is used by every country with a parliamentary system and is similar to the term hung jury. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.176.160.47 (talk) 17:02, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

The Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament both prefer 'balanced parliament'. But the meaning is exactly the same.--Topperfalkon (talk) 11:25, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

iraq's parliment[edit]

Iraq has had a hung parliament, yet that is not mentioned here. this whole articel seems to be an argument for a hung parliament, not an explanation of them. 67.176.160.47 (talk) 17:16, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

Merge hung parliament into minority government[edit]

I suggest that Hung parliament (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) be merged into Minority government (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) ; Minority parliament (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) already redirects there.

Please discuss this at talk:minority government, and NOT HERE.

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Etymology[edit]

Why are they called Hung Parliaments, anyway? —Rickyrab Talk 09:33, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

Canada seems out of place here[edit]

Given the article defines a hung parliament as existing in a two-party system, Canada's situation seems nonsensical in this article as it most definitely is not a two-party system. Additionally, the discussion at Talk:Minority government makes it fairly clear that the two terms are not synonymous, as suggested here. Resolute 01:37, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

The UK also has more than two parties. We've had more than two parties for a while, though the other parties only gathered more ground in the last few years. However, even in September 2010 (at the time of your comment), we had more than two main parties. We now appear to have about four, arguably five parties with some form of legitimacy.144.124.1.37 (talk) 16:59, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

They aren't synonymous, but the same situation of hung parliaments and separately minority governments can occur (and has occurred) as in the UK, as both use the Westminster system. Harsimaja (talk) 23:26, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

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