Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Right Does Well in Netherlands-It looks like a center-right coalition of the Christian Democrats and List Pim Fortuyn will head up the next goverment. Early returns have the CDs holding 43 of the 150 seats, much better than the polls suggested. The LPF is slated to get 26 seats. This combination is only seven votes shy of a majority. CD leader Jan Peter Balkenende is cagey about whether he'll look for a center-right coalition with LPF or a center-left coalition with Labor and/or the centrist VVD. The BBC coverage loves to point out that it takes weeks to set up a coalition government after an election.

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