As election day rolled on into Wednesday night, political leaders in the Netherlands came out of the woodwork to address their parties and give their reactions to early exit polling. The polls showed drops in support for the coalition parties VVD and PvdA, as well as a surprise slide for anti-Islam PVV, with significant gains for D66, and more modest gains for the SP and the conservative Christian alliance CU/SGP.
Ruling coalition party VVD is expected to lose four of its 16 senate seats, and coalition partner PvdA will likely lose six of its 14 seats, according to exit polling conducted by Ipsos and broadcast on NOS. The two parties hold a thin majority in the Tweede Kamer lower house of parliament, and would now need committed legislative partners to carry 33 seats in the Eerste Kamer upper house.
Labour party PvdA leader Diederik Samsom accused anti-Islam PVV leader Geert Wilders of being as manipulative as terrorists in parliamentary debate Wednesday night. Samsom said that Wilders “does precisely the same as what the terrorists do: spread hatred, fear and division.”
Men who have sex with prostitutes that have been forced into the role could go to prison for four years if a new bill working its way through Parliament becomes law. Clients who suspect the prostitute is working against her will, but have sex with her anyway, could also be fined up to 20,250 euros.
Exactly half of the people who voted for the PvdA, the Dutch labour party, in the 2012 Parliamentary election regret their choice, an Ipsos poll released on Wednesday shows. Respondents said that the PvdA’s inability to fulfill their promises, and the party's continued lack of action led them to regret casting their vote.