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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 Dutch (Netherlands)General Election Wednesday March 15,2017

The 2017 Dutch General Election is scheduled to be held on Wednesday March 15,2017 to elect all 150 members of the House of Representatives

The 2012 General Elections saw the Labour Party (PvdA) and People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) go head-to-head for the position of prime minister, gathering enough seats in the process to form an absolute majority. Incumbent Prime MinisterMark Rutte (VVD) formed a coalition government with the PvdA, ousting the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) from government, while the Party for Freedom (PVV) went back to full opposition.

Amid the tussle between outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte(VVD) and his anti-Islam, anti-immigration rival Geert Wilders(PVV), many of the 12.9 million eligible voters remained undecided on the eve of the ballot.

Final polls released late Tuesday appeared to show Rutte pulling away from Geert Wilders, crediting the VVD with coming top with 24 to 28 seats.

Geert Wilders was seen as slipping yet again and barely clinging on to second place with between 19 and 22 MPs. That would however still be well up on the 12 MPs his Freedom Party (PVV) has in the outgoing parliament.
Snapping at the heels of Geert Wilders were long-standing Dutch parties such as the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), credited with 19 to 21 seats, and the Democracy Party (D66) with around 17 to 19 MPs, the polls said.
Both the CDA and D66 would be natural coalition partners for Rutte, who like most Dutch parties, has refused to work with Wilders, turned off by his incendiary rhetoric.
Wilders has pledged to close the borders to Muslim immigrants, shut mosques and ban sales of the Koran. He also wants to pull the country out of the EU in a so-called Nexit.

Mark Rutte, the leader of the Liberal VVD party,is bidding for a third term as premier of the country of 17 million people -- one of the largest economies in the eurozone and a founding father of the European Union

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