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Dutch coalition-building process under way following poll

Match-making: Dutch coalition building process begins Dutch coalition-building process under way following poll
Eleena Tovar | 21 Marcha, 2017, 00:39

An initial round of match-making talks to investigate possible new Dutch ruling coalitions has started in parliament following last week's elections.

Wilders, whose Freedom Party gained five extra seats in the lower house in The Hague to become the second-largest, told Liberal Health Minister Edith Schippers, who's leading the first informal talks, on Monday that barring the Freedom Party from the coalition talks would be undemocratic.

Analysts say the splintered Dutch political landscape - with 13 parties winning seats in the 150-seat lower house - will likely lead to a long and complicated cabinet formation.

He told reporters that he wants a "stable majority cabinet", meaning a coalition of at least four different parties.

Newly elected lawmakers will debate the election result Thursday. The Christian Democrats and the D66 each won 19 seats.