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Christian democrat victory and collapse of the populists in the Netherlands
22/01/2003

The CDA Christian Democrats won the Dutch General Elections by a narrow margin on 22nd January, with one additional seat in comparison with the vote on 15th May last year (44 seats, only two seats more than the Labour PvdA).

Jan Peter Balkenende, the outgoing Prime Minister will therefore be requested by Queen Beatrix to form the future Dutch government; not an easy task since the leader of the Christian Democrat Party (CDA) declared on many occasions during the electoral campaign that he did not want to govern with the Social Democrats.

Thus JP Balkenende as new PM with Christian Democrat Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as FM were solid in power and supported the Bush/Cheney invasion of Iraq politically, but not militarily. Once a coalition with UN mandate was formed did the Dutch provide troops in a Southern province.

The populist party of Pim Fortuyn, assassinated weeks before the May 2002 election lost most seats. In the void a Hirsi Ali, Rita Verdonk and Geert Wilders entered as a new rightwing populust candidates... all split from the Conservative VVD Party. ⁉️

The rightwing rhetoric fed by funding of FEAR Inc., led to an uncomfortable division in society based xenophobia and Islamophobia.

Diversity in choice of 37 parties taking part in this election.

by Oui on Wed Mar 17th, 2021 at 05:37:18 PM EST

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