By Benjamin Birnbaum, The Washington Times
The winner of the Netherlands‘ national elections in June is getting another crack at forming a right-wing coalition government, nearly seven weeks after Dutch voters went to the polls.
Mr. Rutte‘s Liberal Party won 31 out of the 150 seats in the lower house of parliament, up from 22 seats in 2006. The Labor Party won 30 seats, and the Freedom Party won 24 seats, up from nine seats in 2006.
The Liberal-Christian Democrat-FreedomParty coalition would yield the slimmest possible majority, with 76 out of 150 seats.
The previous government, headed by the Christian Democrats and Labor, collapsed in February after Labor resigned when Mr. Balkenende â€” at the behest of President Obama and NATO â€” sought to extend the deployment of Dutch troops in Afghanistan beyond 2010.
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