The Dutch Liberal Party, led by Mark Rutte, manages to win 36 seats in Congress, confirming for the fourth time as the biggest party of Netherlands, followed by progressive D66 as the second group, thus displacing Geert Wilders’ far right to third place, after the scrutiny of 63% of the votes, which continues this Thursday.
The liberal VVD confirms the forecasts of the exit polls published last night, but also the forecasts of the polls published in recent months, managing to win three more seats than he had until now and giving Rutte the possibility of lead the next governing coalition, the fourth in a row since 2010.
It is followed by the left-wing liberal party D66, led by Sigrid Kaag, which surpassed all the forecasts of the polls, since they placed it as the third or fourth party in the country, but managed to win 24 seats (three less than those given last night polls) and thus displaces Wilders, until now leader of the opposition and second parliamentary group, which is left with 17 deputies, three less.
The CDA Christian Democrats, partners of the current government at the same level as D66, suffer the loss of 4 seats, so they are left with 15 parliamentary representatives, in bad news for the expectations of their leader, Wopke Hoekstra, who serves as Minister of Finance in the current acting Executive and in whom the party had placed all its hopes.
From this count, it also becomes clearer that Forum for Democracy (FvD), of the far-right Thierry Baudet, is also one of the winners in the elections this Wednesday, and takes 8 seats, compared to the two it had now, and obtains more representation than the green left GroenLinks, which it will receive 7 seats, half of which it had until now.
Another winner of these elections is the pro-European party Volt, which accedes with 3 seats and for the first time to a national parliament in the European Union, together with the extreme right JA21, with 4 seats, being a split from FvD.
With one seat, the BBB farmers’ party also enters, while doubt hangs over the anti-racist Bij1 party, to which the exit polls gave some seats, but the scrutiny has not yet.
This preliminary data only includes 63% of the votes, and takes into account the main cities, Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, although not Rotterdam, which is the second largest city in the country after the capital. In the absence of a significant percentage of data to be scrutinized, 16 of the 37 parties that stood in the elections would enter to win one of the 150 seats in Congress.
The vote count will continue this Thursday and is going somewhat slower than usual due to the coronavirus measures and the fact that 37 political parties were presented to the elections, so the ballots are larger and larger. complicated to handle.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.