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Dutch Election Close as CDA Gains

The opposition Labour Party (PvdA) is holding on to a slim lead in the Netherlands, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. The survey suggests that the PvDA, led by Wouter Bos, would secure 42 mandates in this year's election to the Second Chamber.

The Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA) is second with 41 seats, followed by the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) with 29 seats, and the Socialist Party (SP) with 18 seats. Six other political organizations would send legislators to the Second Chamber.

The poll shows a three-seat gain for the CDA, while support for the PvdA fell for the fourth consecutive week.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:41:08 PM EST
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As always, Anglo-Saxon reporting focusing on the relative size of the two largest parties in a proportional system. That will matter though if only a grand coalition is viable. Currently, all left parties and the two centre-right ones are below majority, while potential extra partners are dwarfs, so either another 'strange coalition' of 2+ parties, or a grand coalition shall come.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:52:54 AM EST
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