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Dutch populist wins provincial elections after Utrecht attack

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Dutch populist wins provincial elections after Utrecht attack

An emerging Dutch populist party won the most votes in provincial elections after a preliminary count in the early hours of Thursday.

Strong gains made by both the Euroskeptics and the Greens in Wednesday’s election mean Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is on the verge to losing control of the upper house of parliament.

The big winner in the vote was the Forum for Democracy party, led by 36-year-old Thierry Baudet, which holds just two seats in parliament after entering politics in 2016.

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Baudet had continued campaigning when other parties stopped after Monday’s attack in Utrecht, in which a gunman shot three people dead on a tram. The populist leader blamed the incident on the government’s lax immigration policies.

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