The Netherlands parliamentary election holds today being 15th day of March, 2017 in which the liberal “People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy” of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Geert Wilders’ far-right “Party for Freedom” go head-to-head. From the record gathered, up to 13 million people in the Netherlands are voting in today’s Dutch election seen as a face-off between Geert Wilders and the current Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Mr Wilders, the leader of the anti-Islamist Party for Freedom (PVV), is taking on Mr Rutte, from the Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), in the knife-edge election race.
According to Express.co.uk website that the blonde populist has already cast his vote in the election after a fiery election campaign in which he pledged to shut the country’s borders, ban the Koran and close mosques.
The election is overshadowed by spat with Turkey after Turkish ministers were banned from speaking in Rotterdam as part of a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among emigres.
As the people in the Netherlands go to the polls today, here is a look at the latest news, opinion polls and updates on the Dutch election.
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Mr Rutte has said the election is an opportunity for voters to “beat the wrong sort of populism”.
Mr Wilders has pledged to take the Netherlands out of the EU, close all mosques and ban the Koran.
After casting his vote, Mr Rutte asked his fellow citizens to imagine how the world would react if the Freedom Party came first.
“I think the rest of the world will then see that after Brexit, after the American elections, again the wrong sort of populism has won the day,” he said.
More update soon…