After months of campaigning, debating and flyering, Dutch politicians fought their final battle yesterday during election day. With a turbulent week in which diplomatic ties with Turkey were pressured heavily still fresh in mind, it was up to the Dutch population to show the political direction it wants the country to go to. The results, in specific those of Wilders’ PVV, were in the spotlights throughout the whole of Europe as they were considered an indication for the elections in other countries such as France and Germany, whose citizens will vote in April and September, respectively.
The Dutch election system explained in a language we all understand: the language of flowers
While the last votes are still being counted, the preliminary results are as follows:
Biggest winner is Green-Left, that gains 10 seats. PvdA suffers an enormous loss of 29 seats, bringing the Party down from 38 to 9 seats. Two political parties will make their debute in Dutch parliament: DENK, established by two former PvdA members, and FvD will enter the parliament with both two seats. Thirteen parties (!) will be seated in the parliament.
What is next?
As the government needs a majority (76 or more seats) in the parliament, it will likely be formed by four parties. Although negotiations still have to be started, the chance that PVV-leader Geert Wilders will take seat in the government is nihil: all major parties have indicated to not be willing to work with PVV.
It is deemed more likely that VVD will form a government together with CDA and D66. As that will leave a gap of an estimated 5 seats, one of the smaller parties will have to be asked to join.
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