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Muslims, get out! Leave for an Islamic country, says Dutch PM-probable Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherlands, has called on Muslims who value the Quran more than secular laws to leave the country.

FILE PHOTO: Dutch far-right politician and leader of the PVV party, Geert Wilders gestures as he meets with members of his party at the Dutch Parliament, after the Dutch parliamentary elections, in The Hague, Netherlands November 23, 2023. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo (REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo)Premium
FILE PHOTO: Dutch far-right politician and leader of the PVV party, Geert Wilders gestures as he meets with members of his party at the Dutch Parliament, after the Dutch parliamentary elections, in The Hague, Netherlands November 23, 2023. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo (REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo)

Geert Wilders has urged Muslims who find the Quran more important than the law of the land to leave the country. The leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherlands, likely to be the next prime minister of the Netherlands, was heard saying so in an unverified video.

“I have a message for all the Muslims in the Netherlands who do not respect our freedom, our democracy and our core values, who find the rules of the Quran more important than our secular laws," he purportedly said.

“There are many of those. Research by Professor Koompans shows there are 7 lakh. And, my message to them is: Get out! Leave for an Islamic country. Then, you can enjoy Islamic rules. Those are their rules, but not ours," he added.

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"Today, tomorrow or the day after, the PVV will be part of government and I will be prime minister of this beautiful country," Wilders earlier wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Wilders declared his readiness to adjust his positions to form a government. Despite his party winning the most seats in the recent election, the PVV is projected to hold only 25% of seats in the Dutch parliament, necessitating collaboration with other parties for governance.

The conservative VVD Party, under new leader Dilan Yesilgoz, hasn't dismissed the possibility of supporting a Wilders-led government from the outside. They've, however, ruled out cabinet participation. Meanwhile, Pieter Omtzigt from the centrist NSC Party sees challenges in aligning with Wilders due to his extreme views, which might conflict with the Dutch constitution's religious freedom protections.

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Coalition talks in Netherlands

Coalition talks in the Netherlands often extend over several months, with shifting positions on party cooperation. If Wilders fails to form a government, more centrist alliances excluding the PVV could emerge, with new elections being a last resort, as per Reuters.

(With Reuters inputs)

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and sports. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Published: 26 Nov 2023, 11:02 AM IST
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