Dutch Prime Minister secures coalition deal

  • 11/10/2017
Mark Rutte at the G20 Summit in July.
Mark Rutte at the G20 Summit in July. Photo credit: Getty

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has sealed a deal to form a government, ending months of negotiations between four parties and marking a rightward shift in the country's political landscape.

The coalition talks were the longest since World War II, overtaking a previous record of 208 days set in 1977, as the parties sought to overcome wide differences.

Issues up for debate ranged from migration - a topic that dominated the national elections in March in which the anti-Islam party of Geert Wilders finished second - to taxes to euthanasia.

"All parties came with some last-minute wishes," Mr Rutte told reporters after a final meeting with negotiators on Tuesday.

"But the government pact is now definitely ready."

Leader of the liberal VVD party, Mr Rutte will head his third government since coming to power in 2010.

He will start appointing cabinet members later this week with the new government expected to be installed at the end of this month.

Though not including Mr Wilders' party, the coalition will be distinctly more right wing than Mr Rutte's most recent government with Labour, with corporate and income tax cuts and a focus on national identity expected to be high on its agenda.