1957  1962
South Arabian general election, 1960
All 35 seats to the Federal Assembly of the Federation of South Arabia
February 25, 1960 (1960-02-25)
First party Second party Third party
Leader Christian Abbott Benjamin Rhodes Connor Blackburn
Party [[Labour Party|Template:Labour Party/meta/shortname]] [[Progressive Party|Template:Progressive Party/meta/shortname]] [[National Party|Template:National Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1955 1944 1954
Leader's seat Aden South Ran in Aden West Qatar Doha
Seats before 21 8 (Progressives and National Labour combined total) 6
Seats won 18 11 6
Seat change -3 +3

Previous Prime Minister
Christian Abbott
[[Labour Party|Template:Labour Party/meta/shortname]]

Prime Minister-elect
Christian Abbott
[[Labour Party|Template:Labour Party/meta/shortname]]

The 1960 South Arabian general election resulted in the Labour Party retaining a narrow majority in the Federal Assembly.


The 1960 general election was triggered by the assassination of Prime Minister Ken Burton alongside several other leading members of the cabinet, forcing Burton's successor Christian Abbott, who had unseated former Progressive Prime Minister Benjamin Rhodes in Aden South at the previous election, to call a snap election in order to gain a mandate for a new government.


The election saw the Labour Party retain a narrow majority whilst the Progressives made some gains. The election also forced the resignation of long time Progressive leader Benjamin Rhodes whose unpopularity was blamed for the party's failure to unseat the Labour government.

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