Netherlands

Geert Wilders announces formation of Dutch government

Discussions will now be held to decide who will serve as Prime Minister after Wilders gave up the position to allow the formation of a coalition.

Geert Wilders (Photo: Jeroen Meuwsen Fotografie/Shutterstock)

Dutch right-wing leader Geert Wilders announced the formation of a governing coalition yesterday (Wednesday) and now discussions will be held to decide who will serve as Prime Minister after Wilders said two months ago that he would give up the leadership post in order for other parties to join the government.

According to reports in the Netherlands, the new coalition will include four parties: the Freedom Party (PVV) of Wilders, the outgoing ruling party "Freedom and Democracy" (VVD), the Farmer Citizen Movement and the new center party "New Social Contract" (NSC). In total, the coalition will include 88 of the 150 members of the Dutch parliament.

As you remember, in the parliamentary elections held last November, Wilders recorded an unprecedented achievement when his right-wing party won 37 seats to become the largest bloc.

Despite this, Wilders has not been able to form a coalition due to the refusal of the center and left parties to participate in a government led by him. As a result, Wilders announced last March that he was ready to give up the Prime Minister position in order to form a coalition government.

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