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Dutch government sworn in after longest-ever coalition talks

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The new Dutch government was finally sworn in by King Willem-Alexander in The Hague on Monday, almost 10 months after the parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is leading his fourth consecutive administration. The coalition negotiations following the March 17 elections were the longest in Dutch history, with the same four parties that make up the outgoing government finally agreeing a fresh coalition deal in December. Rutte’s conservative-liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) will head a coalition that includes the left-of-centre D66 party, the Christian Democrats…

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