The Hague: Dutch Queen Beatrix cleared the leader of the rightist VVD party to form a minority cabinet backed by anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, the government communication service said Friday.
"Her Majesty the Queen met Mr Rutte at her Palace, Huis ten Bosch, this evening," it said in a statement.
"The Queen asked him ... to form a cabinet as soon as possible" consisting of the VVD and the Christian Democratic CDA.
Under a deal finalised a week ago, the controversial Wilders` Party for Freedom (PVV) will remain outside of government.
But it will provide the support the minority VVD-CDA coalition needs to pass decisions in Parliament in exchange for a say in policy making.