Rene Swienink, our adopted Rotary brother from the Netherlands, gave a great presentation on the recent elections in the Netherlands.  A somewhat complicated election process but results that may lead the way for future elections in Europe in the months ahead.
 
Great job Rene and thanks from the club.
 
The House of Representatives, or Second Chamber is composed of 150 seats elected by proportional representation. 1 seat for every 0.67% of total votes cast. 
 
Over 81% of the population voted.
 
There were 28 parties running.  That makes for a very large ballot.
 
The “Party for Freedom” leader, Geert Wilders, resembled in appearance and sounded very much more right wing than Donald Trump.
 
With the results below, over the next few months a coalition government will be formed, and will be lead by Mark Rutte who is the leader at the present.
 
 
 
Party
SEATS
Change
1
VVD
33
-8
2
PvdA
 
9
-29
3
PVV
20
5
4
SP
 
14
-1
5
CDA
 
19
6
6
D66
 
19
7
7
CU
 
5
0
8
GL
 
14
10
9
SGP
 
3
0
10
PvdD
 
5
3
11
50+
 
4
2
12
OP
   
13
VNL
   
14
DENK
 
3
new
15
NiWe
   
16
FvD
 
2
new
17
DBB
   
18
Vrijzinnige Partij (nl)
VP
   
19
GP
   
20
PP
   
21
A1
   
22
NS
   
23
LP
   
24
   
25
JL
   
26
SNL
   
27
Human & Spirit / Basisinkomen Partij / V-R
MenS–BIP
   
28
VDP
   
 
The 1st Chamber is composed of 75 Senators who are appointed by the MPs from the 12 provinces in the Netherlands.
 
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