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Wilders acknowledges defeat in the Netherlands

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders on Thursday acknowledged his defeat in the general elections held in the Netherlands, although he declared himself “a winner of four more seats” than in the last elections, according to his first statements following the announcement of the polls from the ballot box which gave his party 19 seats.

 


Wilders even demanded a position in the future coalition of the government, although during the campaign the majority of parties have refused to include him in a forthcoming government.

The patriotic spring will continue. I am a fighter and not a populist. Our influence is great,” the leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) added.

He also said that he prefers to govern, but noted that he is “willing to make strong opposition” to the future government of the Netherlands.

Wilders congratulated his opponent, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose party (VVD) could win up to 32 seats, according to first results of the ballot count.

In a speech in The Hague on Wednesday night, Rutte celebrated having defeated Wilders’ “wrong kind of populism” and showed his desire to “unite the Netherlands.

Referring to the right-wing politician, Rutte said that this country “is still pro-European.”

“Now of course it’s important to unite the country in the coming weeks and months and that we succeed in forming a stable government for the next four years,” Rutte said.


The Hague, March 16, 2017, EFE/Practica Español


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En el texto se dice que...
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El partido de Wilders ha perdido las elecciones generales en Holanda.
B
El partido de Wilders tendrá que gobernar en coalición con el partido de Rutte.
C
El partido de Wilders ha ganado las elecciones en Holanda.
Question 2
Según el texto, el partido PVV...
A
Ha obtenido más escaños que en las anteriores elecciones.
B
Sigue teniendo el mismo número de escaños.
C
Ha perdido escaños en estas elecciones generales.
Question 3
En el texto se dice que...
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A Wilders le gustaría gobernar con Rutte.
B
Muchos partidos están dispuestos a gobernar con el partido de Wilders.
C
Wilders descarta la idea de gobernar junto con Rutte.
Question 4
Wilders lidera un partido progresista.
A
Verdadero.
B
No se sabe.
C
Falso.
Question 5
Wilders reconoce que su partido es populista.
A
Verdadero.
B
No se sabe.
C
Falso.
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