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NETHERLANDS ELECTION: MARK RUTTE CLAIMS FOURTH TERM

On Thursday, as per exit polls, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte secured his fourth term. His center-right VVD party is projected to win majority of the seats in parliament.

Rutt’s center-right VVD is to win around 36 of the 150 seats – three more than it won in the 2017 election; according to results from 63% of the votes counted.  

Second in line, with 24 seats, is the social-liberal D66 party – a member of the current four-party governing coalition.

Rutte’s last government resigned in January over a child welfare fraud scandal.

“The voters of the Netherlands have given my party an overwhelming vote of confidence,” Rutte told reporters in parliament.

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