The 1971 South Arabian general election resulted in a hung parliament.

1967  1972
South Arabian general election, 1971
All 35 seats to the Federal Assembly of the Federation of South Arabia
January 9, 1971
First party Second party Third party
Leader Joseph Read Christian Abbott Preston Garner
Party [[Progressive Party|Template:Progressive Party/meta/shortname]] [[Labour Party|Template:Labour Party/meta/shortname]] [[National Party|Template:National Party/meta/shortname]]
Leader since 1960 1955 1964
Leader's seat Hadhramaut Aden South Musandam
Last election 19 9 7
Seats after 16 10 9
Seat change -3 +1 +2

Previous Prime Minister
Joseph Read
[[Progressive Party|Template:Progressive Party/meta/shortname]]

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


The election saw the Progressives maintain their position as the largest party in Parliament but being shut out of government by an agreement between the Labour and National parties. However the government would last for less than a year.

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