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Netherlands: Wilders concedes defeat, congratulates Rutte on election win00:44

Netherlands: Wilders concedes defeat, congratulates Rutte on election win

Netherlands, The Hague
March 16, 2017 at 01:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Geert Wilders, the leader of the anti-Islam Party for Freedom (PVV), congratulated Prime Minister Mark Rutte on his victory in the Netherlands election, in The Hague, early on Thursday morning.

Speaking from the parliamentary building in The Hague, Wilders congratulated Rutte yet remained optimistic about his own party’s gains "I would have preferred to stand in his shoes and be the winner of the election, but at the same time the VVD has lost ten seats, and we have won four or maybe even five .”

Wilders told the journalists that he is now "feisty" and is ready to fight to get the second place.

The Party for Freedom (PVV), the right-wing party led by Geert Wilders, is set to win 19 seats in the House of Representatives, according to the polls. The PVV is in joint second place with two other parties, CDA and D66.

Netherlands: Wilders concedes defeat, congratulates Rutte on election win00:44
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Geert Wilders, the leader of the anti-Islam Party for Freedom (PVV), congratulated Prime Minister Mark Rutte on his victory in the Netherlands election, in The Hague, early on Thursday morning.

Speaking from the parliamentary building in The Hague, Wilders congratulated Rutte yet remained optimistic about his own party’s gains "I would have preferred to stand in his shoes and be the winner of the election, but at the same time the VVD has lost ten seats, and we have won four or maybe even five .”

Wilders told the journalists that he is now "feisty" and is ready to fight to get the second place.

The Party for Freedom (PVV), the right-wing party led by Geert Wilders, is set to win 19 seats in the House of Representatives, according to the polls. The PVV is in joint second place with two other parties, CDA and D66.