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Dutch populist PVV party projected to win national elections

The projected result saw the PVV far exceed expectations, positioning its leader, the anti-immigration and anti-European Union Geert Wilders, to attempt to form a new government and become prime minister.

Published: November 22, 2023 4:59pm

The right-wing nationalist Party for Freedom (PVV) appears poised to claim the most seats in the Dutch general election, with early exit polls showing the party poised to claim 35 out of 150 seats in the legislature.

The projected result saw the PVV far exceed expectations, positioning its leader, the anti-immigration and anti-European Union Geert Wilders, to attempt to form a new government and become prime minister.

Staunchly anti-immigration, Wilders vowed to end a "tsunami of asylum and immigration" in his victory speech, according to Reuters.

He will likely seek to form a coalition with the VVD, the conservative party that has led the nation for the past 13 years, though it remains unclear whether he will be able to secure their cooperation.

French populist leader Marine Le Pen offered her congratulations to Wilders and the PVV "for their spectacular performance in the legislative elections which confirms the growing attachment to the defense of national identities."

"It is because there are people who refuse to see the national torch extinguished that the hope for change remains alive in Europe," she continued.

Support for tightening immigration policies in Europe has gained considerable support in recent years, especially in the Netherlands, where the issue led to the collapse of Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD-led government.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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