Dutch ruling coalition suffer losses in local elections

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Dutch ruling governing coalition parties', the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and Labour Party (PvdA), suffered losses in the local elections held Wednesday, while left-leaning opposition parties made gains, according to results released Thursday. 

One of the coaltion parties, Labour Party lost control of Amsterdam after 52 years to the progressive liberal D66 party. 

The main opposition front that The Democrats 66 (D66) and The Socialist Party (SP) increased their votes by around 8 percentage points and it looks like they won the local elections, according to Dutch media. 

In The Hague, Labour fell to third place, behind the Liberal party D66.

Labour Party (PvdA) leader Diederik Samsom, congratulated the winning parties by accepting defeat. PvdA, pulled 10 percent of the votes nationwide - 5.1 percent points down from 2012 election.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the party's vote loss is associated with the economic crisis that is adversely affecting the people.

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