Dutch leaders face months of talks to form a government after election results showed Mark Rutte ’s Liberals one seat ahead of the Labor Party. Geert Wilders ’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party surged to third place.
Rising support for the Dutch opposition Labor Party is putting it in a dead heat with Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende’s Christian Democrats and may block an anti-Islam party’s bid for power in June elections.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will try to build support among opposition lawmakers for further austerity measures aimed at shielding the Netherlands from the debt crisis after he pulled the plug on his minority government.
The future of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte ’s minority coalition may be in doubt if he and his Freedom Party supporters fail to win a majority in the upper house of parliament through provincial elections this week.
Dutch polls show voters are set to oust Christian Democrat Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende in elections this week, turning to Mark Rutte ’s Liberals, the most committed of the three main parties to spending cuts.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling bloc failed to gain a majority of votes in yesterday’s provincial elections, indicating it will have a minority in the new upper house of the national parliament.