Officially: Wilders' Freedom Party takes top positions in the Dutch Parliament

In the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, the far-right PVV of Geert Wilders won, securing 37 seats; Rutte's VVD took third place

Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party
Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party / Wouter Engler, CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED

The results of the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands were officially announced by the country's Electoral Council. In these elections, the far-right and anti-European "Freedom Party" (PVV) led by Geert Wilders won, capturing 37 seats in the lower house of parliament.

The second place was taken by the "Green-Left" and Labor coalition (GroenLinks-PvdA) with 25 seats, and the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) of current Prime Minister Mark Rutte received 24 seats. Also entering parliament was the new political party "New Social Contract" (NSC) with 20 seats, and "Democracy 66" (D66) gained 9 seats.

Voter turnout was 77.7%, which is slightly lower than in the previous elections in 2021.

It is known that Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV). This party holds far-right and anti-immigration views. Wilders began his political career in the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), but later separated to create his own party, PVV, in 2006.

His political views are often described as populist: against migrants and Islam.

Wilders is widely known for his criticism of Islam, which he considers not only a religion but also a political ideology. He advocates for limiting immigration, especially from Muslim countries, and for the assimilation of immigrants into Dutch culture.

Wilders has repeatedly been involved in legal cases for his statements. For example, he was accused of inciting hatred and discrimination due to critical statements about Muslims. Wilders is under constant protection due to threats to his safety, linked to his public statements against Islam and his political activity.

The victory of a far-right party representative in the Netherlands comes against the backdrop of radical changes in the political life of Argentina. There, Javier Milei, known for his libertarian views and nicknamed "the economist with the chainsaw," was elected president of Argentina, receiving support from 56% of voters.

Milei plans to carry out a series of reforms, including minimizing state intervention in citizens' lives, withdrawing Argentina from the BRICS, replacing the national currency with the US dollar, and abolishing the country's Central Bank. He also advocates for ending relations with Russia, China, and Brazil.

Among his proposals are significant reductions in government spending, privatization of state enterprises, abolition of some ministries and social benefits, and support for the free sale of weapons and human organs, while opposing abortions.

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