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June 10, 2010

Geert Wilders PVV Party Sees Big Gains

Flanked by two body guards, anti-Islamization leader Geert Wilders

I had hoped for more, but this is not too shabby either.  Not too shabby at all.

With 88 per cent of the votes counted, published partial results showed the Liberals with 31 and Labour on 30.

But the real victory went to Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV), which demands an end to immigration from Muslim countries and a ban on new mosques. The PVV took its number of seats from nine in the last parliament to 24, and could hope to enter a coalition government.

The far right [That’s Liberal bias, folks] leader with his distinctive shock of fair hair called the result “magnificent”.  “The impossible has happened,” he told a televised party gathering. “We are the biggest winner today. The Netherlands chose more security, less crime, less immigration and less Islam.”

Earlier, exit polls had showed the Liberals and Labour running neck-and-neck in an election dominated by debate on fiscal austerity after the euro zone’s stability was threatened by sovereign debt woes plaguing Greece.  Mr Balkenende conceded defeat for his Christian Democrats when voters turned against the party, nearly halving its seats from 41 to 21. He resigned as party leader.

The election was triggered when his Christian Democrat-Labour coalition government collapsed in a row over extending the deployment of Dutch troops in Afghanistan.  Mr Wilders and his Freedom Party – a possible coalition contender – gained 10 seats to come third behind the Liberals and Labour with 21, reflecting concern in the country about immigration and foreign policy.

“More security, less crime, less immigration, less Islam – that is what the Netherlands has chosen,” Mr Wilders said.  The results of the poll will not be finalised for days.


And this reporter is SHOCKED, SHOCKED at the gains made by Geert’s “far right” party.

The spectacular election breakthrough of the far-right anti-Muslim Party for Freedom shocked the Netherlands [Really?] on Thursday as two mainstream parties braced for weeks of coalition haggling.The pro-business Liberal VVD party had 31 seats and the Labour party (PvdA) 30, with 99.6 percent of the vote counted after Wednesday’s election.

But far-right [Liberal bias.  An essentially meaningless term given the inherently Leftwing nature of mainstream European politics] PVV leader Geert Wilders demanded a share of government after his party came third with 24 seats, more than doubling its current nine seats in the 150-member parliament.  “Nobody in The Hague can bypass the PVV anymore,” said Wilders, whose party wants an end to immigration from Muslim countries and a ban on new mosques and the Koran.

“We want to be part of the new government,” declared Wilders, a distinctive figure with a shock of dyed blonde hair who is under 24-hour protection and has to live at secret addresses because of his controversial political stand.

France’s far-right National Front hailed the PVV’s “great success”, while the CMO Dutch Muslim organisation expressed disappointment [Citing a rightwing French party furthers the Lib narrative].  “It is shameful,” CMO chairman Rasit Bal told Dutch news agency ANP.  “One thing is clear: a group of people are against us [As a Christian, I sympathize.  Welcome to the club]. It is terrible,” a 29-year-old Muslim who identified herself only as Aicha told AFP at Oosterwei, an immigrant-majority suburb of the Dutch city of Gouda.

“A divided Netherlands,” said the front page headline on the NRC Next newspaper, summing up the election results.  With economic concerns dominating the campaign [This alone is probably why the PVV didn’t do even better], the Liberal party led by Mark Rutte campaigned with a promise to cut public spending by about 45 billion euros (54 billion dollars) over the next four years.

Rutte has set a target date of July 1 to create a new government. “We do not exclude any party,” he said ahead of the polls, asked about a possible coalition with the far right.  The maverick Wilders has earned notoriety around the world with his campaign to “stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands.” [Note the reporter’s choice of words, “notoriety”]

Wilders, who calls Islam a fascist religion and likens the Koran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, is known abroad for his 17-minute commentary, “Fitna”, which was termed “offensively anti-Islamic” by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.  He goes on trial in the Netherlands in October on charges of inciting racial hatred against Muslims. He was barred from entering Britain last year to stop him spreading “hatred and violent messages.”

The deadlocked result means that the PVV cannot be ruled out of coalition talks which observers say will be long and complicated [Translated: Geert Wilders is in].  Among the other parties, the Socialist Party got 15 seats, down from 25, the Green GroenLinks and centrist D66 both made gains to get 10 and the Christian Union five, losing one.


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