Members of campaign group Avaaz welcome the victory of the Liberal VVD party in the general elections, at the Buitenhof entrance of the Dutch parliament in The Hague on March 16, 2017. / AFP / JOHN THYS
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With 93 percent of votes counted, Rutte's Liberal VVD party was seen as emerging as the largest party for the third time running with 33 seats, the Dutch news agency said.That is eight seats down on the last elections in 2012, but puts him in pole position to form the next coalition government to rule one of the largest eurozone economies.Rutte is more likely to turn natural coalition partners the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and Democracy party D66 which shared joint third with 19 seats each.Rutte plus the CDA and D66 would comprise 71 seats of the 76 needed for a parliamentary majority.That means they would have to woo a fourth party for a center-right coalition. Two contenders could be the Christian Union with five seats or the more orthodox Calvinist Reformed Political Party (SGP) which took three.That would leave Wilders as the largest party in opposition, ensuring he will remain a thorn in the side of the establishment.
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