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Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the free-market VVD party celebrates after exit poll results of the parliamentary elections were announced in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Patrick Post/AP)closemore
Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the free-market VVD party celebrates after exit poll results of the parliamentary elections were announced in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Patrick Post/AP)

One of the most closely watched races for prime minister in the history of the Netherlands came to a close Wednesday. Center-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte defeated populist candidate Geert Wilders of the Party of Freedom.

NPR international correspondent Frank Langfitt (@franklangfitt) talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about the results and reaction to the elections.

This segment aired on March 16, 2017.

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