October 1950  1957
South Arabian general election, 1953
All 35 seats to the Federal Assembly of the Federation of South Arabia
June 13, 1953 (1953-06-13)
First party Second party Third party
Leader Benjamin Rhodes Geoffrey Cooke Lucian Allard
Party [[Progressive Party|Template:Progressive Party/meta/shortname]] [[Labour Party|Template:Labour Party/meta/shortname]] [[National Labour Party|Template:National Labour Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1944 1948 1950
Leader's seat Aden South Muscat West Hadramut
Seats before 25 5
Seats won 15 11 7
Seat change -10 +6 +5
Fourth party
Leader Clement Phillips
Party [[National Party|Template:National Party/meta/shortname]]

Leader since 1945
Leader's seat Bahrain (Lost election)
Last election 3
Seats won 2
Seat change -1

Previous Prime Minister
Benjamin Rhodes
[[Progressive Party|Template:Progressive Party/meta/shortname]]

Prime Minister-elect
Benjamin Rhodes
[[Progressive Party|Template:Progressive Party/meta/shortname]]

The 1953 South Arabian election saw a hung Parliament with the Progressives as the largest party.


Following the October 1950 general election the Progressive government once again came under criticism for the role played by T. E. Lawrence in the governing of the Federation; these criticisms came to a head when Prime Minister Benjamin Rhodes called snap elections over the issue in order to gain a mandate to force Lawrence from office.


The election resulted in a hung Parliament however the Progressives remained in power by forming a coalition with the National Labour Party.

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