March 15, 2017 / 6:46 AM / 4 months ago

Dutch begin voting in election testing anti-establishment mood

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A man enters a polling station as voting starts for the general election in The Hague, Netherlands, March 15, 2017.Yves Herman

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch began voting on Wednesday in an election seen as a test of anti-establishment and anti-immigrant sentiment in the middle of a fiery dispute with Turkey and at a time of doubts about the future of the European Union.

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Up to 13 million voters will determine which parties will win the most parliamentary seats. Polls showed the centre-right VVD of Prime Minister Mark Rutte with a small lead over the PVV (Party for Freedom) of anti-Islam and anti-EU firebrand Geert Wilders.

Polling stations across the country opened at 7:30 a.m. (0630 GMT) and will close at 9:00 p.m. (2000 GMT)

Reporting By Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Anthony Deutsch

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