D66 adds a seat after Dutch expat votes are counted

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D66 is set to take a seat from the SP now that the final votes from Dutch expats abroad have been counted, RTL Nieuws has reported.

If confirmed by the electoral council, D66 will have won 10 seats rather than nine, while the SP will go down from five to four. The final tally will be announced on December 1.

The GroenLinks/PvdA alliance emerged as the biggest party under Dutch expats, with 28.6% of the vote.

The VVD was in second place with 17.4% and NSC in third with 12.1%. D66, traditionally a popular party with expats, saw its share of the vote fall from 17.8% in 2021 to 10.5%, but that was enough to cross the threshold for an extra seat. The PVV was unchanged on just over 6%, virtually unchanged from 2021.

Almost 108,000 Dutch expats had registered to vote in the elections and almost 65% did so.

Foreign expats in the Netherlands voted for a two-party coalition in Dutch News’ online poll, with the GroenLinks/PvdA alliance taking 40% of the vote, followed by the right-wing VVD on just over 13% and D66 on just under 13%.

The results mean the alliance and D66 or the VVD could form a majority government between them. In the Netherlands as a whole, three or four parties will be required to control 76 of the 150 seats in the lower house of parliament.

The far-right PVV, which scored 25% nationwide and wants a halt to all immigration as well as a Nexit, would also be the party of choice for 10% of DN poll participants.

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