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Second Jan Smuts government

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Date formed  5 September 1939
Head of government  Jan Smuts
Date dissolved  1948
Head of state  George VI
Member party  United Party Dominion Party Labour Party
Opposition party  Purified National Party (1939–1940) Herenigde Nasionale Party (1940–1948)

First Smuts Cabinet

The 1938 general election was won by the United Party, giving J. B. M. Hertzog a fourth consecutive term. In September 1939, the United Party was divided between supporters of J. B. M. Hertzog and those of his Justice Minister Jan Smuts. The split resulted from differences between supporters of neutrality in World War II and those who wanted South Africa follow the United Kingdom and declared war on Nazi Germany. Finally, Hertzog was outvoted within the United Party and Parliament. He resigned and left his place of Prime Minister to Jan Smuts forming a government with the Dominion Party and Labour Party


Second Jan Smuts government Wikipedia

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