Dutch election early vote counting shows Prime Minister’s VVD Party on track to win most seats
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) won the most seats in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections, with a clear lead after early vote counting.
The unofficial partial vote count conducted by national news agency ANP showed the VVD on track to win 32 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives, 13 more than Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Party for Freedom (PVV) which was tied with two other parties at 19 seats apiece.
“It appears that the VVD will be the biggest party in the Netherlands for the third time in a row,” a beaming Mr Rutte told supporters at a post-election party in the Hague.
“I am so proud at what has happened and happy that we have been given the trust again [by voters],” said Tamara van Ark, campaign leader of Mr Rutte’s party.
With France and Germany facing elections in the months ahead, Mr Rutte had hoped to slow the momentum of what he called the “wrong sort of populism” after last year’s British vote to leave the European Union and the election of US President Donald Trump.
“Early vote counts and exit polls from Wednesday’s election in the Netherlands indicate that the predicted surge from anti-Islam, euro-skeptic MP Geert Wilders has failed to materialise.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) has secured the most seats from the multi-party vote, claiming 31 to 32 seats, down from 40 last year.
On current projections, Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) is expected to win 19 seats.
While support for the Labour Party has collapsed, minor parties such as the centre-right Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and centrist-liberal Democrats 66 (D66) have taken 19 to 20 seats each.
The Green Left has also fared well from Labour’s demise, taking 15 or 16 seats.
Political lecturer at the University of NSW, Dr Carolien van Ham, analyses the election results.”
no fan of geert here..but they are calling this a win for the “good guys”..was it?
my maths tells me the winners lost nearly 25% of their seats..