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Elections: Liberals, Wilders big winners

Thursday 04 March 2010

The two Liberal parties VVD and D66 emerged as the big winners in the local elections on Wednesday, making gains in district, town and city councils nationwide.

And Geert Wilders' anti-Islam PVV became the biggest party in Almere and number two in the Hague, the only two cities where it took part.

The ruling Christian Democrats and the Labour party lost seats, although Labour's losses were not as heavy as forecast earlier. The party appears to have benefitted from its decision to pull out of the national government over Afghanistan.

National campaign

Wilders said in a speech to supporters that the national election campaign has begun. 'What has happened in Almere and the Hague can happen all over the country,' he said.

'We are going to conquer the entire country... we are going to be the biggest party in the country after the June 9 vote.'

However, an Nos opinion poll earlier in the day put the PVV in third place in the national vote. And the party's results in Almere were well below forecasts and down on its share of the vote at the European elections last June.

Christian Democrats

The poll gives the Christian Democrats 29 seats, down 12 on their total seats at the 2006 general election. The poor showing will add to the pressure on party leader and prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende who is heading up the national campaign.

Labour, which pulled out of the cabinet two weeks ago, would be in second place on 27 seats, down six on their 2006 total. The PVV would take 24 seats, up from nine at present.

The Labour party was the biggest loser in the local elections overall, shedding 639 seats but pundits said this was to be expected given the party’s massive support in 2006.

Back from dead

Labour leader Wouter Bos said the results showed ‘the PvdA is back’ from its very poor showing in the polls a few weeks ago. ‘We had been declared dead and buried’, he said.

Another big loser is the Socialist party, which would retain just 11 of its 24 seats in parliament if the local results are followed in June.

Rita Verdonk and her Trots op Nederland (TON) movement would disappear from parliament, but took a handful of seats in the local vote, and is the second biggest party in the navy city of Den Helder.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

"We are going to conquer the entire country..."

Note those words people...sigh

By CW | 4 March 2010 9:03 AM


By someone | 5 March 2010 6:32 AM

The Pvv is a democratic party that enjoys wide, and growing support, from many people in the Netherlands. If the liberal-left elite is now worried buy the rise of the PVV, the liberal-left elitehave only themselves to blame.Thanks Agnes.

By Dan F | 5 March 2010 5:32 PM

PVV in third place in the national vote? The Netherlands' situation reminds me Germany in the las thirties... and its tragic consequences for the Germans.

By zenplus | 16 March 2010 5:22 PM

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