Holland: Geert Wilders’ far right-wing party receives 19 seats

Incumbent Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party won the 2017 parliamentary election with 33 seats. Far right-wing candidate Geert Wilders’ party received only 19 seats. “This is the evening that after Brexit and the U.S. election, Holland said ‘stop’ to the wrong kind of populism,” Rutte declared shortly after the results were announced.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Geert Wilders Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The polling stations in Holland closed yesterday evening after millions of citizens throughout the country voted in the 2017 general election. After most of the votes were counted, it was announced that incumbent Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party won the election by receiving 33 seats, remaining the largest party in the Dutch parliament. Far right-wing candidate Geert Wilders’ party received only 19 seats.

About an hour after Rutte was declared the winner of the election, the prime minister made an announcement and welcomed the results: “This is the evening that after Brexit and the U.S. election, Holland said ‘stop’ to the wrong kind of populism.”

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Wilders thanked his voters for their support after it turned out that his party gained several additional seats. “This is our first win,” he said. Later on, Wilders congratulated Rutte and promised that the opposition led by him will be strong and fierce.

Dutch media outlets reported that this election saw the highest voter turnout rate in the past 31 years. According to the latest data, 82% of eligible Dutch voters arrived at the polling stations to cast their vote in this parliamentary election.



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