Geert Wilders has warned opponents not to disrespect the voters
The far-right, anti-migrant politician is soaring in the polls but the establishment in the Netherlands have vowed not to prop up his party – even if they secure more parliamentary seats than anyone else.
His Party for Freedom (PVV) are expected to win around 30 seats in the 150 seat House of Representatives and will therefore need the support of other parties to enter government.
However, opponents have promised not to support Mr Wilders and stated their intention to instead create a coalition made up of five or more smaller, left-wing parties.
Mr Wilders’ said this arrangement would be a slap in the face to voters in March’s election – as well as being anti-democratic.
He also dismissed the likelihood of such a snub occurring, especially if PVV increase their seats from their current total of 12 to 30 or more.
Geert Wilders with French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen
You can't just shove two and a half million people aside after democratic elections
In a televised interview he said today: “They'll have to [support us]. You can't just shove two and a half million people aside after democratic elections, that would be very ill-advised."
He said a left-coalition would spark a non-violent “revolt” from furious voters – and blasted the arrangement as being unworkable.
Mr Wilders said it would “be so unstable that not only will it not serve the country but it will be lying on its ass within a year, to put it crudely.”
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This interview sparked a Twitter spat with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) has ruled out working with Mr Wilders.
Following the interview, Mr Rutte tweeted a video clip of himself categorically ruling out cooperation with Mr Wilders.
He added: “Zero percent Geert, ZERO percent. It. Is. Not. Going. To. Happen.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
This was his first message posted on his account in five years – an indication of the elite's rising concern at Mr Wilder's chances this spring.
Mr Wilders, a prolific user of Twitter, quickly shot back: "It's the voters who are in charge of this country Mark, for a HUNDRED percent. And. Nobody. In. The. Netherlands. Still. Believes. You."
Mr Wilder’s party leads in most opinion polls with Mr Rutte's VVD party in second place.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has vowed not to work with Geert Wilders
But the VVD and other Dutch mainstream parties have said they won't enter into a coalition with Wilders because his platform calls for banning mosques and the Koran as well as leaving the European Union.
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