Early elections in the Netherlands

The Dutch government of Mark Rutte has indicated that he will submit his resignation, and early elections will be held, perhaps in September.

The fall of the cabinet was trigged by the refusal of the Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders, to support the government’s austerity package.

The current government was formed in October, 2010, just over three months following the election that year. It is a two-party minority cabinet of the liberal VVD and the Christian Democrats (CDA), backed by the Freedom Party (which did not have cabinet seats).

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