March 2021 | Amsterdam news roundup
Written by BroadcastAMS on 02/03/2021
A local news roundup for Amsterdam … also shared on Broadcast Amsterdam radio.
In case you missed it, elections have been held for the 150 MPs in the Dutch lower house of parliament. NOS reports, for the fourth time in a row, the VVD has managed to become the largest. As it looks now, Mark Rutte’s party will get a few more seats than four years ago and, according to the preliminary forecast of the ANP, will reach 36 seats. Another big winner of the elections is D66, which with a projected 24 seats is easily the second party in the country. There is no doubt that the two sides will play a key role in the formation.
Het Parool reports, D66 is back as the largest party in Amsterdam and dethrones GroenLinks, who loses half of its votes in the city. D66 gets 22.7 percent of the votes cast under the leadership of party leader Sigrid Kaag. D66 was once the largest in 2014, but then lost ground to GroenLinks. Local D66 leader Reinier van Dantzig says D66 is preparing for ‘the battle for Mokum’ in the 2022 council elections.
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