00:21 GMT05 August 2020
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    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has hailed the apparent victory of the ruling Dutch People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) in the national elections.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier on Wednesday, an exit poll conducted by NOS public broadcaster showed that Rutte’s center-right party secured at least 31 out of a total 150 parliament seats.

    "It seems like for third time in a row the VVD is the Netherlands biggest party. Our message to the Netherlands — that we will hold our course, and keep this country safe and stable — got though," Rutte said on Wednesday, as quoted by The Guardian.

    According to Chief EU Commission Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has already congratulated Rutte on his victory.

    "JunckerEU just spoke with @markrutte, congratulated him on clear victory: 'A vote for Europe, a vote against extremists,'" Schinas wrote on Twitter.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also congratulated Rutte in a telephone conversation, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert, quoted by The Guardian.

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