- South African general election, 1961
The 1961 South African general election was the first
general electionafter South Africabecame a republicfollowing the 1960 South African referendum. The National Party under Hendrik Frensch Verwoerdwon a majority.
The National Union Party - led by J.D. du P. Basson and ex-Chief Justice Fagan in alliance with the United Party - had been formed as a "bridge" to the United Party for moderate nationalists who were unhappy with Verwoerd's leadership, but the party failed and later merged with the United Party.
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