Bloomberg: Dutch Take Steps Toward Coalition After Rutte Beats Wilders
* Liberal health minister named to start informal discussions
* Vote for Freedom Party’s Wilders falls short of expectations
Dutch political leaders took the first steps toward forming a new multiparty coalition government after Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals beat off a challenge from the anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders in Wednesday’s election.
The speaker of the lower house of parliament, Khadija Arib, met with the leaders of all the 13 parties in the newly elected legislature Thursday and announced that the Liberals, which took the most seats in the 150-member chamber -- 33 -- would take the lead in the process.
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