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Netherlands Votes On Final Day of Elections as PM Rutte Seeks Fourtth Term

Polls opened in cities across the Netherlands on Wednesday for the last day of voting in the country’s general election. The third polling day comes after leaders of the top

Polls opened in cities across the Netherlands on Wednesday for the last day of voting in the country’s general election.

The third polling day comes after leaders of the top eight parties in the Dutch general election made a final pitch for votes on Tuesday night in a televised debate.

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Voting has been spread out over three days, starting Monday, with the first two days intended to allow people who are considered more vulnerable to the virus to vote in polling stations that aren’t as busy as on normal election days.

The lead of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy has been shrinking in recent weeks but it is still around 10 percentage points ahead of its nearest rival, the anti-immigration Party for Freedom led by anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders.

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