Right-wing VVD split over Wilders support

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Prominent members of the right-wing VVD party have renewed their criticism over their party's intended cooperation with the anti-Islam PVV party of Geert Wilders.

At a party meeting, senior leaders condemned the populist politician as "repugnant". Among them were former parliament speaker Frans Weisglas and former cabinet ministers Frits Korthals Altes and Pieter Winsemius.

A majority, however, voiced support for party leader Mark Rutte, who is expected to become the new prime minister of a coalition cabinet with the Christian Democrats CDA. The two parties will have a one-vote majority with the support of the PVV. It is not yet clear, however, if at least two CDA MPs will support the agreement when the parliamentary party takes a vote next week.

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