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Voters in the Netherlands
have backed two pro-European centrist parties, while the anti-immigrant Geert Wilders' Eurosceptic party took heavy losses.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte claimed victory for his liberal VVD party. Centre-left Labour came a close second.
Both parties performed better than predicted, seeking a pan-European solution to the eurozone crisis.
They have enough seats for a workable coalition - but would have to reconcile very different views on austerity.
With more than 96% of votes counted, the VVD looked set to take 41 seats in the 150-member lower house, two more than Labour.
A distinctive, blonde-haired nationalist, Geert Wilders has dominated Dutch politics for years. Notorious for his anti-Islamic stance, he tried to entice voters this time round by calling for the
Netherlands to leave the European Union. In the end, the pragmatic Dutch conformed to the stereotype.
They overwhelmingly rejected Mr Wilders and other anti-European voices, opting in huge numbers to back the two main centrist parties. Together they won enough to form a solid coalition, if they want to. It rounded off a rare good day for the eurozone. A potential German legal impediment to the euro bailout fund was removed, plans for banking union were unveiled and the voters in a key EU country backed parties who want a practical workable solution that will save the single
Between them, the two parties could theoretically form a new coalition government but their leaders
played down such a possibility during the campaign. The result marked a return to the centre by Dutch voters, following recent elections which produced highly fragmented results and
The Freedom Party of Geert Wilders, which is known for being fiercely anti-Islam, and campaigned on a Eurosceptic platform, looked on course to win 15 seats, well down on its previous 24.
The Socialist Party, which briefly led in opinion polls, came joint third with 15 seats, the same result as at the 2010 election. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt welcomed exit poll
results, tweeting: "Looks as if populist anti-Europeans are losing big time in Dutch election. Distinctly good news."
The provisional final result is expected later on Thursday while the official result will be confirmed on Monday.
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