VVD hold on whilst PVV fail to break through
Official results won’t be announced until next Tuesday but it is clear that 13 parties won representation in the Dutch House of Representatives or Tweede Kamer (the lower house) in Wednesday’s general election.
The surge from the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) led by Geert Wilders eventually came to nothing with the party winning just five extra seats to take 20 seats in the new 150 seat parliament. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) emerged as the largest party with 33 seats but that represents a drop of eight seats on the last parliament.
The major winners of the campaign were the centre-left Greens or GroenLinks who took ten extra seats to take their representation to 14 seats. But the election was bad for the main centre-left party, the Labour Party which dropped from 38 seats to nine seats, a fall of 29 seats.
Other parties who did well and who are likely to form a coalition with the VVD are the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) who won six extra seats to take their representation to 19 seats and the centrist Democrats 66 (D66) who won seven extra seats and also take their representation to 19 seats.
The only other party to reach double figures was the left-wing Socialist Party (SP) which dropped one seat to take 14 seats. The remaining parties took five seats or fewer.
Turnout was 80.4% up from 74.6% in 2012.
Health minister Edith Schippers has been asked by the parties to start the process of negotiations to forming a new government.