BELGIUM: Eyes Right

Beaver-busy Belgians, their economic house in order, took time out this week to vote. In their first national Chamber of Deputies election in seven years, they swung toward the right.

With results nearly complete, the Christian Social Party, a revamped and somewhat liberalized version of the old conservative Catholic Party, led the field with 90 of the 202 Chamber seats, a gain of 17 over its prewar strength. Runner-up was Premier Achille van Acker's Socialist Party with 69 (prewar: 64). The Communists took 24 seats (prewar: 9), the middle-road Liberals toppled to 17 (prewar: 33). Neither the Catholics nor the...

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