A minority coalition government in the Netherlands which has the support of the anti-Islamist Freedom Party (PVV) has come a step closer.
The Christian Democrats (CDA) voted in favour of the move by a two-thirds majority at a party congress in Arnhem.
The pact with another centre-right party the Liberals (VVD) paves the way for the Netherlands’ first post-war minority government.
It makes concessions to the populist leader Geert Wilders by including tighter immigration rules and a ban the full Islamic veil.
“This is a real celebration of democracy”, said the coalition negotiator.
A caretaker government has been running the Netherlands and a general election in June was inconclusive.
Geert Wilders’ party came third. One leading centre-right figure said his supporters couldn’t be ignored.
But another said he’d “driven a wedge in society”. On Monday he goes on trial for inciting racial hatred and discrimination against Muslims.