Dutch election results

 

Here are what appear to be final interim election results from the Netherlands, along with recent polls.

The green column is the interim election result.

Projected seats (with 93.3% of votes counted):

  • VVD 33 seats
  • PVV 20
  • CDA and D66 19 each
  • GroenLinks, SP 14
  • PvdA 9
  • ChristenUnie and Partij voor de Dieren 5 each
  • 50PLUS 4
  • SGP and DENK 3
  • Forum for Democracy 2

The current Prime Minister Mark Rutte leads the VVD party which has lost seats but is clearly well in front so Rutte is expected to lead a new coalition with three or four other parties (it could take months to organise).

Geert Wilders (PVV) is claiming a victory of sorts and claiming losers will form a coalition. It is expected that he will not be invited to negotiate any role in the Government.

The Dutch Labour Party PvdA has crashed to a disastrous low.

Greens (GroenLinks) have jumped up from 4 to probably 4 seats and are ecstatic.

So no Trump/Brexit type shocks.

An editorial from  Dutch daily NRC :

The Dutch have woken up in a “normal” country, as prime minister Mark Rutte puts it: there was no populist revolt.

Rutte’s VVD lost a quarter of its support but thanks to its substantial lead over the other parties finds itself in an exceptionally comfortable position as leader.

The PvdA, however, one of the pillars of the postwar welfare state, is in existential crisis. Never in parliamentary history has a party lost so many seats.

What is clear is that governing does not pay. The outgoing government presented a dream budget this year: what should have gone up went up, what should have come down came down. The Netherlands is currently one of the best performing countries in the EU. And still voters punished the outgoing coalition severely.

For the voter, apparently, politics is about more than the economy.

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Pete Kane

     /  March 16, 2017

    So for us dummies, what’s it all mean. Mayhem to the Foggy election?

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    • Pete Kane

       /  March 16, 2017

      Sorry, “Froggy Election”.

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  March 16, 2017

        One of my twitter besties in France sent me one of these caps recently, PK. I wore it to dinner at the *French Cafe* in Symonds St last Saturday night……the place was absolutely *packed* and I received a *standing ovation* when I walked in ❗ What does that tell you ❓

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        • Blazer

           /  March 16, 2017

          it tells me you move in highbrow circles…where was dinner….Soul….or is Wayne banned for…farting or some such petit bourgoise crime.

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          • Nelly Smickers

             /  March 16, 2017

            Honestly Blazer…you can be really *quite crude* sometimes 😡

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            • Blazer

               /  March 16, 2017

              I do apologise dahling…I never realised you were so….sensitive.

            • Blazer

               /  March 16, 2017

              Nelly dahl….I mean’t to tell you ….my motto is…’always be ..sincere..even if you don’t ..really…mean it’!

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  March 16, 2017

              No need to apologise silly….people say I’ve actually *come out of my shell* an awful lot since joining the gun club

              [GIF deleted – too distracting. PG]

            • Blazer

               /  March 16, 2017

              I’m not..dead…you only…wounded ..me!

  2. Newshub: EU breathes sigh of relief after Dutch election

    EU leaders have lined up to congratulate Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on beating far-right candidate Geert Wilders in the first of a series of European elections this year in which populist insurgent parties are hoping to rock the establishment.

    The centre-right Prime Minister had trailed in opinion polls for much of the campaign but emerged the clear victor of Wednesday’s election, albeit with fewer seats than before.

    Mr Wilders, who campaigned on an anti-immigration platform and wanted to shut mosques and ban the Koran, won a third more seats than at the last election but was thwarted in his bid to become the biggest party.

    Mr Rutte, whose win helped boost the euro and European shares, called it an “evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said ‘stop’ to the wrong kind of populism”.

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/03/eu-breathes-sigh-of-relief-after-dutch-election.html

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