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Dutch vote in an election crucial for debt crisis

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 13:22

Zeenews Bureau

Netherlands: In what could decide Netherland’s strategy in tackling the European debt crisis, Dutch voters are set to elect a new parliament Wednesday.

The election is supposed to be a tight race between the free-market VVD party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the center-left Labor Party led by Diederik Samsom, with other parties trailing.

The voters will be voting for150 seats in Dutch House of Representatives. The winning party would be in a position to form the next ruling coalition and choose the Prime Minister.

Rutte is a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and supports her budgetary austerity agenda for reining in the debt crisis. Samsom is closer to French President Francois Hollande, who favors spending to spur economic growth.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 13:22

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