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>> It doesn't seem that there's been any upset tonight in the Netherlands elections. Early exit polls show that the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has won in these polls. And that Geert Wilders, the Dutch firebrand that was expected to win big, his Freedom party has come second. I'm Reuters Emily Wither in the Hague.
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And we're just outside the Rutte election party. And already, lots of people are celebrating. You might be able to see behind me, that there's a small group of revelers, they're chanting, hope over hate, they've got banners, and I heard a couple of people actually shout, thank you, Netherlands.
00:00:36
Some analysts say that Mark Rutte was helped the last minute by a diplomatic fallout with Turkey, where he took a strong stand against a Muslim country. And really this came at a time during an election campaign where the key issues were about immigration and integration and so for him to have taken that tough stance may have provided him with that extra bounce at the polls.
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For Wilders this will be a massive failure. But the fact that he's still managed to come second in these elections, which would have been unheard of a decade ago, shows that there really has been a shift in society here. The Netherlands is always known as being a very liberal, forward thinking, open nation.
00:01:19
And what Wilders has done is spark something that's been bubbling in society here for some time. It'll still be some hours before we know the official results, but that hasn't stopped people from already starting to celebrate. Those exit polls show quite a clear win for the current prime minister, Mark Rutte.