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minor party

n.
A political party whose electoral strength is so weak that it has little chance of gaining control of a government.

mi′nor par′ty


n.
a political party with so little electoral strength that its chance of gaining control of the government is slight.
[1650–60]
References in classic literature ?
Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.
This independence of the judges is equally requisite to guard the Constitution and the rights of individuals from the effects of those ill humors, which the arts of designing men, or the influence of particular conjunctures, sometimes disseminate among the people themselves, and which, though they speedily give place to better information, and more deliberate reflection, have a tendency, in the meantime, to occasion dangerous innovations in the government, and serious oppressions of the minor party in the community.
While nearly a quarter of the electorate placed a minor party first on their ballot on Saturday, nearly 90 per cent put either the governing Coalition of Prime Minister Scott Morrison or the opposition Labor Party second.
Votes for independent and minor party candidates, people staying at home, and a huge number of spoiled ballots demonstrate how unhappy people of all political persuasions are.
Carlos Callejas of the Nationalist Republican Alliance ended in a distant second at less than 32%, while even further back were former foreign minister Hugo Martinez of the currently governing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and a minor party candidate.
"The factional and power base control of the current major and most minor parties in Australia and the recent need for minor party leaders to place their names or images on their parties, has only entrenched a career politician environment, party first and electoral cycle approach to the political system in Australia.
The question arises; who is the minor party? Who calls the shots in this realignment?
A tax on banks could generate the money, the minor party said and added that the levy could be modelled on a similar one by the former Labour government in South Australia.
The minor party's choice of which major party candidate to support, therefore, has become more of a fait accompli than a bargaining chip, also having the effect of attenuating minor party power and influence.
Pauline Hanson, leader of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration One Nation minor party, sat wearing the black head-to-ankle garment for more than 10 minutes before taking it off as she rose to explain she wanted such outfits banned on national security grounds.
As has been the case for the life of this Senate, it is independent and minor party colleagues who are prepared to constructively engage.
In most election years, both parties have set their ambitions lower, hoping to draw at least 5 percent of the vote in a statewide race, the threshold that a minor party needs to clear to automatically qualify for ballot access in the next election.