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September 7 saw Dr. Konrad Adenauer of West Germany riding back to power with a strengthened mandate for his policy of close co-operation with the West. His Christian Democrats party piled on a big vote lead in the General Election, wiping out smaller parties and humbling its chief rival with knockout blows delivered in Social Democrat strongholds.
Bonn reports said the poll results were a record. They endorsed Dr. Adenauer's move for German unification through Western pressure on Russia and rejected the Socialist policy of not having close ties with the West. At the rate of two to one, voters backed the Government Coalition Parties - Christian Democrats, Free Democrats and the German Party. While the Social Democrats lost seats to the Right and the Left, Dr. Adenauer wiped out the extreme nationalist and neutralist groups with the aid of a new electoral law aimed at curbing splinter groups. Dr. Adenauer was expected to finish with a gain of about 100 seats for his Party alone, which stood at 139 in the old Bundestag (Lower House). His coalition partners, the Free Democrats and the German Party, were also carried to victory on the popular tide sweeping Adenauer strongly back to power.
Dr. Adenauer and the Germans supporting him had sound reason to feel elated.
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