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The 1972 South Arabian general election resulted in a second hung parliament.
|‹ 1971 1976 ›|
|South Arabian general election, 1972|
|All 35 seats to the Federal Assembly of the Federation of South Arabia|
|March 15, 1972|
|First party||Second party||Third party|
|Leader||Joseph Read||Philip Payton||Christian Abbott|
|Party||[[Progressive Party|Template:Progressive Party/meta/shortname]]||[[National Party|Template:National Party/meta/shortname]]||[[Labour Party|Template:Labour Party/meta/shortname]]|
|Leader's seat||Hadhramaut||Dhofar||Aden South|
Previous Prime Minister
The 1971 general election had resulted in a hung Labour National coalition government however National leader Preston Garter was ousted by Philip Payton who withdrew National from the government and supported Joseph Read as Prime Minister, Read then used the change in leadership to call an early election.
The election resulted in a second hung parliament in which the Progressives and National formed a government with Payton as National's first Prime Minister but with a cabinet dominated by Progressives.