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AMSTERDAM (Dow Jones)--An exit poll in the Dutch elections Wednesday indicates a draw between the Liberal Party and the Labor Party, with the far-right Freedom Party gaining most, setting the stage for difficult coalition talks to form a majority in government.
Both the center-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, more commonly known as the Liberal Party, led by Mark Rutte, and the Labor Party led by the former mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, are set to have 31 seats each out of 150 parliamentary seats, according to the exit poll from Synovate, a research agency.
In the previous government, a three-party coalition of center and left parties that collapsed in February after internal disagreement over the deployment of Dutch forces in Afghanistan, the Liberal Party held 22 seats while the Labor Party had 33 seats.
The biggest gainer of Wednesday's elections, however is the Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders, who was branded an extremist by the U.K. government for his anti-Islamist rhetoric, which is set to grow to 22 seats, from the current 9.
"As we are the biggest winner of today's elections, we want to play part in the coalition talks," Wilders said on television Wednesday night.
Originally posted by republicadelbanano
Man... I really dislike this Geert Wilders guy. I think if he influences the government with his racist thinking there will be many problems in the netherlands (being a highly multicultural country).
What I dont really understand is how is it possible that a Coalition government can work with figures with different mentalities such as Cohen and Geert Wilders.
I am really new to Dutch politics, but it is really of my interest now. When can we know wich changes will be applied by this new government?