DUTCH ANTI-IMMIGRATION PARTY FAILS TO WIN GENERAL ELECTION

[3/16/17]  Dutch voters have blocked overwhelmingly the attempt by anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders (pictured) to become their country’s leader.

With almost all of the results of Holland’s general election now known, victorious Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the electorate had rejected “the wrong kind of populism”.

Turnout at the election was 80.2% – the highest it’s been since the 1980s.

After 97% of the votes had been counted, Rutte’s party, the center-right VVD, had a large enough lead to make it likely he will have earned a third successive term as Dutch prime minister.

However, Rutte did have to toughen his stance on immigration during the campaign in order to appeal to voters, leaving Wilders claiming today that “the patriotic spring” for which he has called would still happen.