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23 Nov, 2023 15:58

Who is Geert Wilders, the anti-Islam Dutch election winner?

Although he considers himself a liberal, the politician has been an outspoken critic of the religion and faced death threats for his views
Who is Geert Wilders, the anti-Islam Dutch election winner?

Geert Wilders is a stalwart of the Dutch opposition, whose controversial views on immigration and Islam have seen him live under police protection for nearly two decades. Now, after a fresh election victory, he has a chance to become the next prime minister of the Netherlands.

Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) won 37 seats in Wednesday’s general election, more than doubling its presence in parliament and making it the country’s largest single party. After decades in opposition, Wilders declared in his victory speech that he intends to form a government, and is “confident that [he] can reach an agreement” with the mainstream right, which has for years balked at working with the PVV.

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