AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said neither he nor his party would be prepared to govern in coalition with anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders unless he retracted the comments about Moroccans for which he was convicted of incitement on Friday.
“It is impossible to contemplate working in a cabinet with this party until the comments are taken back,” Rutte told reporters, reaffirming a commitment he had made in 2014.
Wilders led a crowd in a chant then, calling for “fewer! fewer!” Moroccans. That incident led to his trial and on Friday his conviction for insulting Moroccans and inciting discrimination against them.
Wilders’s far-right Freedom Party leads in polls ahead of Rutte’s second-placed right-liberal VVD party. Excluding the party from coalition talks after March’s elections might leave no alternative to an unwieldy multi-party government.
Reporting By Thomas Escritt, editing by Larry King