Dutch general election, 1998

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[edit] Introduction

During the 1998 election the purple coalition, with social-democrats, democrats and liberals fortified its majority. Both the social-democratic PvdA and the conservative liberal VVD won considerably, much at the cost of their junior partner in cabinet, the progressive liberal D66.

The two small left opposition parties, the green GroenLinks, and the socialist SP, were rewarded for their 'quality opposition'. The major opposition party, CDA, uncomfortable in its opposition role, also lost seats. The two parties for the elderly AOV and Unie 55+ and the rightwing populist CD did not return to parliament.

The formation resulted in the continuation of the cabinet Kok, with the second cabinet Kok.

[edit] National summary

Party Lijsttrekker Votes % Seats +/-
Partij van de Arbeid Wim Kok 2,494,555 28.9 45 + 8
Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie Frits Bolkestein 2,124,971 24.6 38 + 7
Christen-Democratisch Appèl Jaap de Hoop Scheffer 1,581,053 18.3 29 - 5
Democraten 66 Els Borst 773,497 8.9 14 - 10
GroenLinks Paul Rosenmöller 625,968 7.2 11 + 6
Socialistische Partij Jan Marijnissen 303,703 3.5 5 + 3
Reformatorisch Politieke Federatie Leen van Dijke 174,593 2.0 3 0
Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij Bas van der Vlies 153,583 1.7 3 + 1
Gereformeerd Politiek Verbond Gert Schutte 108,724 1.2 2 0
Centrumdemocraten 52,226 0.5 - -3
Algemeen Ouderenverbond/Unie55+ 45,994 0.5 - -7
Others 169,920 2.0 - 0
Total 8.607.787 100.0 150 0

[edit] Parties

  • Christian Democratic Appeal (Christen-Democratisch Appèl)
  • Democrats 66 (Democraten 66)
  • Green Left (GroenLinks)
  • Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid)
  • People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie)
  • Political Reformed Party (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij)
  • Reformatorian Political Federation (Reformatorische Politieke Federatie)
  • Reformed Political Alliance (Gereformeerd Politiek Verbond)
  • Socialist Party (Socialistische Partij)
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Dutch general election, 1998

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