Mark Rutte has retained the right to lead in Dutch politics, with the Prime Minister's party, People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, securing 33 seats and making it the country's largest party, according to election results which were nearly 100 percent counted by Thursday afternoon.
However this does not necessarily mean that Rutte's government can continue to lead. As predicted in the polls, Rutte's Social Democratic coalition parters PvdA were hit hard in the election, reducing their parliamentary presence to a quarter - just nine seats.
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