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BREAKING: Geert Wilders admits DEFEAT to Rutte but hopes for coalition government invite

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The anti-Islam, anti-EU Freedom party (PVV) leader was polling higher than his rivals for much of the election but has seen a slump in recent days.

Mark Rutte, the incumbent prime minister of the VDD party, is predicted to clinch 31 compared to Wilders’ 19 seats in the Dutch parliament, exit polls have found.

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Geert Wilders has admitted he wants to be involved in a coalition government

The populist politician claimed his party still had a huge impact on Dutch politics and looked to the positives of his election defeat.

Mr Wilders said: “I would rather have been the largest party. (But) we gained seats. That’s a result to be proud of.”

Exit polls suggest Mr Wilders’ PVV party could scoop 19 seats, an improvement of four from 15 in the 2012 election.

Despite being declared the winner by his opponent, Mr Rutte’s VVD are expected to lose 10 seats – a fall from 41 to 31 seats, exit polls have suggested.

The biggest losers of the night appear to be social-democratic Labour party, who are expected to slump from 38 to 9 seats in the 150 seat parliament.