Dutch PM Mark Rutte wins at referendum Poll
Mar 16, Amsterdam: The Dutch people have rejected "the wrong kind of populism", Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said, as he celebrated victory in Wednesday's election as his party easily beat the anti-immigration Freedom party of Geert Wilders.
The Dutch race was seen as a test of support for nationalist parties that have been gaining ground across Europe. Nevertheless, Wilders has insisted that "the patriotic spring" will still happen.
With all but two vote counts complete, the prime minister's party has won 33 out of 150 seats, a loss of eight seats from the previous parliament.
The Freedom party was in second place on 20 seats, a gain of five, with the Christian Democrats (CDA) and the liberal D66 party close behind with 19 seats each.
The Oslo Times International News Network