Dutch Coalition May Fail to Win Upper-House Majority, Poll Shows

26 02 2011

From Bloomberg Businessweek:

Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s coalition of Liberals and Christian Democrats and their Freedom Party supporters may fail to win a majority in the upper house of parliament after provincial elections in March, a poll found.

A failure by the government to secure an upper-house majority will make it more difficult for Rutte to push through legislation. The three parties have been without a majority in the chamber since taking office in October.

The three parties together are set to take 35 seats, three too few for a majority in the 75-member chamber, according to the poll by Synovate for NOS television. That compares with 38 seats in a Synovate poll last week. The Liberals and Christian Democrats currently have 35 seats in the upper house, while the Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders, has none.

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