It hasn't taken this long to form a Dutch government since 1977. Four parties will come together to form a coalition that will only have a majority of one seat in the lower house.
Four Dutch political parties finally made a deal to form a coalition government on Monday, 209 days after the election.
The leaders of the four parties had been in negotiations since the March elections, trying to form a government. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's business-friendly liberal VVD party, the progressive D66 party and the Christian CDA and Christian Union parties will form a coalition if the agreement is given the all-clear by the various parties.
The negotiations surpassed the record-setting 208 days required to a form a coalition government in 1977.
The new coalition will control just 76 seats in the 150-seat lower house, giving it a slim majority.
Rutte emerged from talks Monday telling reporters: "I am really happy."
"Exactly on the day that the government formation will surpass the previous record to form a government, there is ... an agreement. We are sharing it with our MPs this afternoon," he added
Rutte will likely remain prime minister, but the other cabinet posts are expected to be unveiled on October 23, according to public broadcaster NOS.
"At last, at last... I am happy. I think it's an even-handed accord in line what everybody wants," said D66 leader Alexander Pechtold.
Rutte had tried to form a coalition with the GreenLeft party, but was hamstrung by differences over immigration. He refused to form a coalition with the anti-Islam far-right Freedom Party of Geert Wilders, which came second.
aw/kms (AFP, AP)