Dutch Elections: Far-Right's Geert Wilders Defeated, Exit Poll Suggests

Trevor Jackson
March 16, 2017

As parliamentary seats are allocated in exact proportion to a party's vote share and no major party wants to be in a coalition with Mr Wilders, he has little chance of entering government however well he performs, our correspondent says.

The close race means that a four or five-party coalition will be necessary, making long drawn out coalition negotiations nearly inevitable.

Rutte also said that he would never cooperate with Wilders to form a government.

VVD leader and current Prime Minister Mark Rutte cast his vote around 10:00 in the morning at a school near the centre of The Hague. France and Germany will also hold elections in 2017.

Rutte's center-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy was reported to be slightly ahead of Wilders' Party of Freedom over the last few days. But Wilders, too, has little ground for optimism, given that three months ago polls predicted his party would get 37 seats. The party has been heavily criticised for its support of stark austerity measures.

However, a greater than expected swing to the PVV may lead to elevated volatility in European asset prices, if only because it keeps the anti-establishment momentum going, ahead of the far more interesting French Presidential Election first round on the 23 April.

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"We had hard years and we are very happy to remain the biggest party". On the left, 30-year-old Justin Trudeau look-alike Jesse Klaver is on course to lead the Green Left party to its best ever electoral result. His party is campaigning on a theme of "time for change", which has drawn support especially from younger voters.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's Liberal is set to to emerge from Wednesday's general eection with the largest number of seats in parliament, according to exit polls, with the the far-right tied with two other parties for the second most seats. "And rebuild we have, but nobody could dream that the result would be so sweet", he said upon learning his party gained six seats in parliament.

Millions of Dutch had flocked to the polls in a near record turnout, with stakes high in an election pitting Rutte against his far-right anti-Islam rival.

Wilders retorted that he was standing up against "the liars and the legislators", and urged Dutch voters to take the Netherlands back for themselves.

The row with Turkey stemmed from the government's decision to ban two Turkish ministers from speaking at rallies in Holland because of concerns regarding "risks to public order and security".

The issues of immigration, integration and Dutch identity featured strongly, but did not completely dominate, the campaign.

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