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Dutch Mainstream Defeats Populist Geert Wilders

Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s liberal party remains the largest. Geert Wilders underperforms.

  • Prime Minister Mark Rutte won the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Preliminary results put his liberal party in the lead to form the next government.
  • The Christian Democrats, liberal Democrats and nationalist Freedom Party would share second place.
  • The Greens have overtaken Labor as the largest party on the left.
  • Given that all major parties have ruled out a pact with the Freedom Party, a coalition of four or five parties close to the center is expected to come to power.
  • Turnout was 80 percent, the highest in three decades.