Initial results show Rutte's party as winner of Dutch election

Acting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in the country’s general election, according to preliminary results. According to initial forecasts on broadcaster NOS, Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy has about 23 per cent of the vote. With 35 seats, it is by far the strongest force in the House of Representatives. The results, which were expected, could mean Rutte will serve a fourth term as head of government, after 10 years in the role. The big election surprise, however, was the showing by the liberal D66, with top candidate Sigrid Kaag, w…

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