Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte Wins Fourth Term

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte claimed his “overwhelming” victory in elections in a vote held during a nationwide lockdown, winning his fourth term in the office.

“The voters of the Netherlands have given my party an overwhelming vote of confidence,” Rutte told reporters.

He also admitted that “not everything has gone well in the last 10 years” but said his goal was to rebuild the country after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rutte aims for a quick formation process for a new government to continue battling the pandemic that has killed more than 16,000 in this country of more than 17 million people. 

Meanwhile, after Democrats 66 (D66) had come runner-up, party leader Sigrid Kaag tweeted, “What a wonderful evening,” with a photo of her jumping at the table.

 “Now let’s get to work, the future won’t wait,” she added.

The exit polls also showed Rutte’s liberal party winning the most seats in parliament after the “socially distanced” three-day vote.

Rutte was one of Europe’s longest-serving leaders after ten years in office. 

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