Centre ground parties win election
The centre right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) led by caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte appears to have taken around 40 to 41 seats in the 150 seat House of Representatives. Although figures are still trickling in the VVD looks like it will be the largest party, the centre left Labour Party (PvdA) has also done well and is expected to get around 39 seats.
The Socialist Party (SP), which had seemed unbeatable at one point in the campaign, looks set to return with 15 seats, the same as in the last parliament. The big loser of the night was the far right party of Geert Wilders, the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD); they are expected to get 15 seats down from 24 in the 2010 election.
It looks likely that the VVD and PvdA will have to negotiate a deal to form a minority government. They have worked together before but it has never been an easy existence and most analysts are saying that a third party may be needed in any coalition to help ease the way.
Counting of votes is still underway but the expected result is as follows with the 2010 results in brackets:
People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) on 40/41 seats (31)
Labour Party (PvdA) 39/40 seats (30)
The Socialist Party (SP) 15 seats (15)
Geert Wilders’ People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (PVV) 15 seats (24)
Democrats 66 (D66) 12 seats (10)
Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) 13 seats (21)
Green Left (GL) 4 seats (10)
Christian Union (CU) 4 seats (5)
Reformed Political Party (SGP) 3 seats (2)
50 Plus 3 seats (0).