First Past the Post
The more proportional a representative system, the greater the likelihood of multiple political parties appearing in the parliamentary debating chamber . Such systems can foster multiple "opposition" parties which may have little in common and minimal desire to form a united bloc opposed to the government of the day.
Some well-organised democracies, dominated long-term by a single faction, reduce their parliamentary opposition to tokenism . Singapore exemplifies a case of a numerically weak opposition; South Africa under the apartheid regime maintained a long-term imbalance in the parliament. In some cases tame "opposition" parties are created by the governing groups in order to create an impression of democratic debate.
* Loyal opposition * Opposition Party (Hungary) * Official Opposition (Canada) * Official Opposition (India) * Official Opposition (New Zealand) * Her Majesty\'s Most Loyal Opposition (United Kingdom) * Opposition (Australia) * Opposition (Malaysia) * Opposition (Croatia) * Pro-democracy camp (Hong Kong) (Opposition camp in Hong Kong) * Opposition Front Bench (Ireland) * Shadow Cabinet * Minority leader * Her Majesty\'s Most Loyal Opposition (Gibraltar) * Anti-Administration party * Opposition Party (United States)