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Pro-Europe Parties Sweep Dutch Elections


The result appeared to set the stage for the two pro-Europe parties to forge a coalition with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (pictured campaigning in The Hague) returning for a second term.

The result appeared to set the stage for the two pro-Europe parties to forge a coalition with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (pictured campaigning in The Hague) returning for a second term.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has claimed victory for his center-right VVD party in September 12 general elections.

The VVD was set to take 41 seats in the 150-member parliament, two more than its largest rival, the center-left Labor party.

The result sets the stage for the two pro Europe parties to forge a coalition with Rutte returning for a second term as prime minister.

Rutte wants to bring down the Netherlands' deficit, while the Labor Party's Diederik Samsom is promoting spending on job-creation programs.

The election was seen as a referendum on the Netherlands' commitment to Europe amid the continent's crippling debt crisis.

The result was a rejection of the most radical critic of the European Union, Geert Wilders, whose Freedom Party was forecast to lose eight seats.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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