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2010 Dutch general election
Netherlands
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All 150 seats in the House of Representatives
76 seats needed for a majority
Turnout75.4%
Party Leader % Seats ±
VVD Mark Rutte 20.5% 31 +9
PvdA Job Cohen 19.6% 30 -3
PVV Geert Wilders 15.4% 24 +15
CDA Jan Peter Balkenende 13.6% 21 -20
SP Emile Roemer 9.8% 15 -10
D66 Alexander Pechtold 6.9% 10 +7
GL Femke Halsema 6.7% 10 +3
CU André Rouvoet 3.2% 5 -1
SGP Kees van der Staaij 1.7% 2 0
PvdD Marianne Thieme 1.3% 2 0
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Tweede Kamerverkiezingen 2010.png
Strongest political party by municipality
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Jan Peter Balkenende Jan Peter Balkenende
CDA
Mark Rutte
VVD
Mark Rutte

General elections were held in the Netherlands on Wednesday, 9 June 2010. It was triggered by the fall of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's fourth cabinet on 20 February with Queen Beatrix accepting the resignation of the Labour Party ministers on 23 February.[1] The conservative-liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), led by Mark Rutte, won the largest number of seats in the House of Representatives while the social-democratic Labour Party (PvdA), led by Job Cohen, came a narrow second. It was also noted for the rise of the controversial politician Geert Wilders and the Party for Freedom (PVV), which came in third. On the other hand, the election was a poor result for Balkenende and his Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), which lost half its seats and dropped from first to fourth place. The Socialist Party (SP) also lost seats. Notably, the 31 seats won by the VVD is the most in years, and the one-seat margin between the VVD and PvdA is the closest on record.[2]

After the election, it took 127 days to form a new government, with both the VVD and PvdA hoping to have a leading role. Talks with the PvdA and other left-wing parties (trying to form a so-called Purple Coalition without Christian parties) broke down and Rutte was able to form a right-wing coalition of the VVD and CDA, with the PVV formally making an agreement (gedoogakkoord) to support the government but without holding any cabinet seats. It was the first coalition government not to be led by a Christian democratic or socialist party in 92 years, as well as the first to be led by the VVD. Rutte was sworn in as Prime Minister on 14 October, becoming the first liberal to hold that post since 1918.

The 150 seats of the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal) were contested, and were filled using party-list proportional representation for a nominal four-year term.

Background[edit]

The election follows the PvdA's withdrawal in February from the coalition over the contribution of Dutch soldiers to the War in Afghanistan.[3] According to the Dutch constitution new elections had to be held within 83 days.

Debates[edit]

The first radio debate was held on 21 May 2010. The first television debate, held on 23 May was, according to instant polls, won by Mark Rutte on 36%, with Job Cohen second on 24%, and Geert Wilders and Jan Peter Balkenende third, on 18%.[4]

Opinion polls[edit]

Party 2006 Politieke Barometer[5] Peil.nl[6] TNS-NIPO[7]
% Seats (150) 8-6-2010 Exit polls (21.00 hrs) 7-6-2010 Exit polls 31-5-2010 Exit polls
CDA 26.5 41 24 21 25 24 21 21
PvdA 21.2 33 30 31 30 30 31 29
SP 16.6 25 14 15 12 13 13 15
VVD 14.7 22 33 31 36 34 37 36
PVV 5.9 9 17 23 18 18 17 18
GL 4.6 7 11 11 10 11 8 10
CU 4.0 6 6 5 6 6 9 6
D66 2.0 3 10 10 10 11 10 11
PvdD 1.8 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
SGP 1.6 2 3 2 2 2 3 2
ToN/Trots* 0 0 0 0 0 1
Others 1.2 0 0 0 0 0
* Trots op Nederland is the party formed by Rita Verdonk after she split from the VVD in 2007 and became an independent representative.

Polls indicated that the elections were too close to call.[8]

Results[edit]

Turnout was reported to be over 5% less than the previous elections[9] allegedly due to heavy rain and stormy weather.[10]

National summary
e • d Summary of the 9 June 2010 Dutch House of Representatives election results
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Party Lijsttrekker Votes % +/ Seats +/
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy VVD Mark Rutte 1,929,575 20.5 +5.8 31 +9
Labour Party PvdA Job Cohen 1,848,805 19.6 −1.6 30 −3
Party for Freedom PVV Geert Wilders 1,454,493 15.4 +9.5 24 +15
Christian Democratic Appeal CDA Jan Peter Balkenende 1,281,886 13.6 −12.9 21 −20
Socialist Party SP Emile Roemer 924,696 9.8 −6.8 15 −10
Democrats 66 D66 Alexander Pechtold 654,167 6.9 +4.9 10 +7
GreenLeft GL Femke Halsema 628,096 6.7 +2.1 10 +3
Christian Union CU André Rouvoet 305,094 3.2 −0.8 5 −1
Reformed Political Party SGP Kees van der Staaij 163,581 1.7 +0.1 2 +0
Party for the Animals PvdD Marianne Thieme 122,317 1.3 −0.7 2 +0
Proud of the Netherlands TON Rita Verdonk 52,937 0.6 New 0
Party for Human and Spirit MenS Lea Manders 26,196 0.3 New 0
Pirate Party PPNL Samir Allioui 10,471 0.1 New 0
List 17 / Feijen List Lot Feijen 7,456 0.1 New 0
Partij één Yesim Candan 7,456 0.1 New 0
New Netherlands Jan-Frank Koers 2,010 0.0 New 0
Heel NL Daisha de Wijs 1,255 0.0 New 0
Evangelical Party Netherlands Yvette Laclé 924 0.0 New 0
Total valid votes 9,416,001 100 150
Invalid/blank votes 26,976 0.3
Total & turnout 9,442,977 75.4 −5.0
Source: Verkiezingsuitslagen, Kerngegevens Tweede Kamerverkiezing 2010. Nederlandse Kiesraad. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
Popular Vote
VVD
20.49%
PvdA
19.63%
PVV
15.45%
CDA
13.61%
SP
9.82%
D66
6.95%
GL
6.67%
CU
3.24%
SGP
1.74%
PvdD
1.30%
Other
1.10%

Reaction[edit]

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende stepped down from his position in the CDA and resigned his parliamentary seat on the evening of the election, saying he was taking "political responsibility" for the unsatisfactory election results of his party and that "The voter has spoken, the outcome is clear."[11]

Government formation[edit]

Expectations were that the formation of a new government would take some time.[12] The international media also read this as a slim victory for the "austerity-minded" Liberals amidst the 2010 European sovereign debt crisis.[13]

On 14 October, Mark Rutte was sworn in as prime minister.[14] Rutte's government resigned on 24 April 2012 over austerity measures.

Analysis[edit]

Some international media speculated that "for the first time in this nation's history, a Jewish man, albeit a secular one, is on the verge of becoming the next prime minister ... Job Cohen, who was until recently the Mayor of Amsterdam, and represents the top of the ticket for the PvdA ... is at the end of a long battle to run the country that began in February when the PvdA backed out of the ruling coalition government because it did not want to send Dutch troops back to Afghanistan."[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ontslag en benoeming bewindspersonen" (in Dutch). Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  2. ^ "Election 2010 – The Netherlands shifts to the right". nrc.nl. 10 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b "The Netherlands decides its fate - Focus". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  4. ^ "Peiling: Rutte wint debat". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Politieke Barometer Week 23 – 08 juni 2010". Politiekebarometer.nl. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  6. ^ "VVD nog 4 zetels voor op PvdA, incl. prognose voor TK2010 (laatste peiling)". Peil.nl. No Ties bv. 2010-06-08. Archived from the original on 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
  7. ^ "Slotpeiling: VVD behoudt voorsprong op PvdA". TNS NIPO. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2010-06-09.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Radio Netherlands Worldwide (2010-06-09): Dutch election too close to call". Rnw.nl. 2010-06-04. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  9. ^ "Tweede Kamer Verkiezingen 2010". Telegraaf.
  10. ^ Verkiezingen nog nooit zo spannend, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 9 June 2010
  11. ^ "Dutch PM quits CDA party leadership - Europe". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  12. ^ "Dutch Face Months of Coalition Talks; Wilders Third (Update2)". Bloomberg.com. 2005-05-30. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  13. ^ "Dutch election gives austerity-minded Liberals slim win". Dw-world.de. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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