Socialist supporters celebrate their party’s unexpectedly strong showing in the Dutch poll. The anti-liberal, anti-European Union platform along with proposed cuts in some taxes and military spending seem to have struck a chord with voters. Much of the party’s success is likely to be attributed to its leader, Jan Marijnissen who has won popularity over the years projecting himself as fighter for the rights of others.
He described November 22 as “an historic day”, and he went on to say that the party had trippled its vote – and had even ousted others and become the third force in Dutch politics.
With their improved position the socialists and Marijnissen are likely to be courted by all sides over the next few days as the horse-trading starts to form the next coalition government.