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Tight race expected in Netherlands election

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Tight race expected in Netherlands election

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The Netherlands goes to the polls tomorrow in a general election and it seems that it will be the 40 percent of undecided voters who will play a decisive role in shaping the country’s political landscape. The latest polls show Jan Peter Balkenende’s ruling Christian Democrats with a slight lead ahead of his rivals. But experts say that the final result could differ greatly from the surveys in the run-up to the vote.

Not too far behind him is the opposition labour party led by Wouter Bos – a former top executive at the oil company Shell. The 43-year old held the post of finance minister from 2000 – 2002 and scored a historic victory in recent local polls. Polls show the Socialist party could still squeeze in in second place. With a tight race ahead and with so much still to play for, the analysts say this could be the closest election in years.