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After 6 months of negotiations, the Netherlands is close to announcing a new prime minister

After the surprise victory of far-right leader Geert Wilders in the Dutch legislative elections on November 22, the ministerial cabinet will finally be formed.

It took 177 days of negotiations for the PVV parties of Wilders, VVD of current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the centrist NSC, and the rural party BBB to reach an agreement to form the coalition that will govern the Netherlands for the next four years.

The four party leaders, Wilders, Dilan Yesilgöz of the VVD, Pieter Omtzigt of the NSC and Caroline Van der Plas of the BBB, definitively agreed to the agreements made regarding the next cabinet. Later, members of each party also confirmed the decision, ending a process that lasted almost six months in the early hours of Thursday (16), local time.

With the completion of negotiations, the Netherlands is close to announcing the next prime minister. The name of the future prime minister has not yet been revealed, but it is already known that Geert Wilders, whose party received the most votes in the elections, will not occupy the position, due to an agreement between the parties in March.

Even so, the country will have the most right-wing government in decades – or in its entire history, as stated by local newspapers.

Objectives of the new government

With the broad agreement reached, an independent intermediary will now be tasked with forming the cabinet of ministers, a process that is expected to take at least another month, according to Reuters.

The final agreement between the parties was released. In the document, it is said that the government will aim to expand offshore natural gas extraction and nuclear energy production as part of plans to reduce the Netherlands' dependence on “unreliable countries”.

The government plan also establishes stronger border controls and tougher rules for asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands.

Labor migration will also be controlled and the admission of foreign students to Dutch universities will become stricter, the parties said.

The parties also said they aim to build four nuclear reactors over the next decade and pledge to ease the burden of environmental rules on farmers.

(With information from Reuters)

Source: CNN Brasil

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