Uruzgan row boosts Labour Party popularity

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A survey conducted by Dutch pollster Maurice de Hond has revealed that the Labour Party's rift with the Christian Democrats (CDA) over Uruzgan, and the subsequent fall of the government, has made it more popular with voters.

According to the survey, the Labour Party (PvdA) could expect to win 19 seats in a general election, four more than it currently has. The same poll showed that the CDA would lose one seat, bringing its total to 26. However, the poll showed it would remain the party with the most seats.

Maurice de Hond notes that the position of current Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has weakened with voters, while that of Labour Party leader Wouter Bos has become stronger.

The poll also showed that Geert Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) would lose one seat, the Socialist Party (SP) would lose two seats, but that the conservative VVD would gain a seat.

Read more on the Dutch government collapse.


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