Dutch election results confirmed
Official results confirmed Tuesday the outcome of last week's Dutch parliamentary elections in which the centre-right Liberals became the biggest party and the far-right made the biggest gains.
A statement issued by the electoral commission confirmed that the Liberal Party VVD won with 31 seats out of 150 (20.49 percent), followed closely by the labour PvdA with 30 seats (19.63 percent) and the far-right, anti-Muslim PVV with 24 (15.45 percent).
The Christian Democratic CDA, which had led the previous four coalition governments, was pushed to fourth place with 21 seats (13.61 percent).
Fifth placed was the Socialist Party with 15 seats (9.82 percent), followed by the centrist D66 with 10 seats (6.95 percent), and the green GroenLinks with 10 seats (6.67 percent).
The Christian Union took five seats (3.24 percent), the calvinist conservative SGP with two seats (1.74 percent), and the Party for Animals with two seats (1.3 percent).
"The voter turnout for this election, at 75.4 percent, was lower than that of 2006 with 80.35 percent," the commission said.
Dutch Queen Beatrix appointed an official at the weekend to examine the possibility of a governing coalition including "the biggest party and the biggest winner" -- the VVD and the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) of anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders.
Wilders calls Islam fascist and campaigns for the banning of the Koran and the burqa, and his election success has been met with shock in some quarters.
Coalition negotiations, which analysts expect to be long and complex, could take weeks even months.
© 2010 AFP