PM Rutte's conservatives seen winning Dutch election amid pandemic

By Toby Sterling and Stephanie van den Berg AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch voters look set to give Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s conservative VVD Party a fresh four-year mandate in a national election on March 15-17 that is widely seen as a referendum on its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. With a ban on gatherings of more than two people, restaurants and bars shut and the first night-time curfew in place since World War Two, voting has been spread over three days to help ensure social distancing at polling stations. A majority of voters reluctantly support the lockdown, given the Netherlands’…

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