Populist Geert Wilders Wins Most Seats in Dutch Elections, Say Exit Polls

Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) won a landslide victory in the Dutch elections, with exit polls predicting his populist anti-mass immigration party will become the largest force in the Dutch lower house of parliament.

Update 2130: Peter Omzicht, whose New Social Contract (NSC) party is expected to secure 20 seats in the lower house, says he is “capable of governing” and will form a coalition government with election winner Geert Wilders. suggested the possibility. Omzicht did not mention Wilders’ Freedom Party by name, but referred to the populist’s comments and said: “We will rise above his shadow.” Mr Omzicht had previously suggested he had no intention of cooperating with Mr Wilders, saying on Wednesday night that forming a government would not be easy, as Mr Wilders’ strong success has brought centre-right parties into line. This is the first sign that the US may be forced to support the US government. with him as prime minister. Mr Wilders is expected to secure 35 seats, but will need at least 41 from other parties to reach the 76-seat threshold needed for a majority.

Update 2100: Liberal Party leader Geert Wilders said this in his first reaction to the impressive election upset. welcomed He said it was no longer possible to ignore Dutch populists, calling the success a “huge victory”. Mr Wilders went on to say he was determined to govern and called on other centre-right parties to “get past his own shadow” and come together to form a government. He said if he rejected it, it would be “very undemocratic” and Dutch voters “will not accept it.”

The original story continues as follows.

As a wave of anti-mass immigration sentiment sweeps across Europe, fervent Islam critic Geert Wilders is wreaking havoc in the Netherlands, with Ipsos’ exit polls showing his Party for Freedom (PVV) in the lower house of parliament. It is predicted to become the largest political party. House of Representatives with an estimated 35 seats, public broadcaster NOS report.

In a performance that many would have thought unthinkable just a week ago, the populist party now has more seats represented than in the last election in 2021, when the PVV secured only 17 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. It is predicted that this will more than double.

The PVV is followed by the left-green coalition GL-PvdA, led by Great Reset supporter Frans Timmermans, with 26 seats, the center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) with 23 seats, and the centrist New Society. Contract (NSC) followed with 23 seats. 20.

Exit polls predict that the socially liberal Democratic Party of 66 will win 10 seats, up from 24 in the previous election, and the new Peasant Citizens’ Movement (BBB), which previously held only one seat in the House of Representatives, will gain seven seats. It was done.

Hailing the apparent victory, Geert Wilders shared a video of himself celebrating the result on social media, declaring that his party was now the strongest force in the country.

A long-time critic of the European Union, mass immigration and the “Islamization” of the Netherlands, Wilders’ victory marks a stunning overthrow of more than a decade of globalist rule under Prime Minister Mark Rutte, but it remains the same. . It will be interesting to see whether other right-wing parties in the country will unite around Mr. Wilders and support him as prime minister.

Center-right leader Pieter Omzicht, who won 20 seats in exit polls, previously said that Wilders’ previous demands to outlaw the Koran and expel Islamic mosques from the country made it impossible for him to join the party. He said it would be. Mr. Omzihit largely agrees with Mr. Wilders on mass immigration, yet he is collaborating with populist agitators.

Similarly, Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegelius, a heir of Kurdish-Turkish heritage, echoes Wilders, despite insisting that ending mass immigration is a key priority. He said he would not serve in Wilders’ cabinet if he won the election.

Wilders, who has spent years under police protection after receiving a fatwa to kill him because of his views on Islam, has decided to change his religious beliefs in order to form a government and carry out Islamic ideals. He said he was prepared to set aside his position. People’s pressing issues such as the housing crisis, failing healthcare, and declining immigration.

But centre-right parties may have no choice but to form a coalition with Mr Wilders if they want to prevent a potential left-wing bloc from seizing power or risking fresh elections.

Mr Wilders’ strong election result comes as opposition to the open border policies of the past decade is growing in Europe, with populist parties making significant gains in countries such as France and Germany, while anti-populist parties are already on the rise in Italy. It comes as a right-wing party opposed to mass immigration is in power. And Sweden.

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