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Dutch Christian Democrats retain power

Dutch Christian Democrats retain power
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The elections in The Netherlands have resulted in a good performance for the Christian Democrats but there will be a struggle ahead to build a new coalition government. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has claimed victory, saying his party is again the biggest group in parliament. If confirmed, Balkenende will get the first chance to form a coalition, but the process could be lengthy. With nearly all votes counted, the opposition Labour party remains the second biggest party with 32 seats, the Socialists third with 26.