House of Representatives (Netherlands)

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The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, pronounced ; commonly referred to as the Tweede Kamer, literally Second Chamber) is the lower house of the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands, the States General, the other one being the Senate.wikipedia
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States General of the Netherlands

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The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, pronounced ; commonly referred to as the Tweede Kamer, literally Second Chamber) is the lower house of the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands, the States General, the other one being the Senate.
The States General of the Netherlands (Staten-Generaal) is the bicameral legislature of the Netherlands consisting of the Senate (Eerste Kamer) and the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer).

Senate (Netherlands)

SenateMember of the SenateSenate of the Netherlands
The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, pronounced ; commonly referred to as the Tweede Kamer, literally Second Chamber) is the lower house of the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands, the States General, the other one being the Senate.
Unlike the politically more significant House of Representatives, it meets only once a week.

Elections in the Netherlands

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It has 150 seats which are filled through elections using a party-list proportional representation.
The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) has 150 members, elected for a four-year term by proportional representation.

Jan Peter Balkenende

Jan-Peter BalkenendeBalkenendePrime Minister
Many voters select one of the lijsttrekkers (Jan Peter Balkenende, for example, received 2,198,114 of the CDA's 2,608,573 votes in the November 2006 elections), but alternatively a preference vote may be made for a candidate lower down the list.
Balkenende was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1998, and served in the House of Representatives from 19 May 1998 until 22 July 2002.

Netherlands

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The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, pronounced ; commonly referred to as the Tweede Kamer, literally Second Chamber) is the lower house of the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands, the States General, the other one being the Senate.
The 150 members of the House of Representatives, the lower house, are elected in direct elections on the basis of party-list proportional representation.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Prime MinisterChairman of the Dutch Council of MinistersChairman of the Council of Ministers of the Netherlands
The lijsttrekker is usually appointed by the party to lead its election campaign, and is almost always the party's political leader and candidate for Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister's role gained importance when ministers became responsible to the parliament, and the position became mostly reserved for the leader of the biggest political party in the House of Representatives.

Christian Democratic Appeal

CDAChristen-Democratisch AppèlChristian Democratic
Rutte's VVD, as well as the CDA, D66 and CU parties, later agreed to form a governing coalition with the required one-seat majority after the longest time since an election took place, 209 days, surpassing the previous record of 208 days set after the 1977 general elections.
The party suffered severe losses in the 2010 general election, losing half of its seats and falling to fourth place in the House of Representatives.

Democrats 66

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Rutte's VVD, as well as the CDA, D66 and CU parties, later agreed to form a governing coalition with the required one-seat majority after the longest time since an election took place, 209 days, surpassing the previous record of 208 days set after the 1977 general elections.
In the 1967 general election, the party won 7 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives; no new party had ever gained that many seats before.

Cabinet of the Netherlands

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The House of Representatives is the main chamber of the States General, where discussion of proposed legislation and review of the actions of the cabinet takes place. On the basis of the scout's interviews, the House of Representatives then appoints an informateur, who checks out possible coalitions, and formateur, who leads negotiations (in previous years the informateur and formateur were appointed by the monarch).
Initially, the Dutch Monarch has secret individual meetings with the presidents of the Senate and House of Representatives, and the Vice-President of the Council of State.

GroenLinks

GreenLeftGLGroen Links
The party holds 14 seats in the House of Representatives, 5 in the Senate and 3 in the European Parliament.

Parliament

parliamentary governmentparliamentslegislative assembly
The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, pronounced ; commonly referred to as the Tweede Kamer, literally Second Chamber) is the lower house of the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands, the States General, the other one being the Senate.

Labour Party (Netherlands)

Labour PartyPvdADutch Labour Party
The party fell to only nine seats in the House of Representatives at the 2017 general election, making it only the seventh-largest faction in the chamber–its worst showing ever.

Monarchy of the Netherlands

Queen of the NetherlandsDutch Royal FamilyKing of the Netherlands
On the basis of the scout's interviews, the House of Representatives then appoints an informateur, who checks out possible coalitions, and formateur, who leads negotiations (in previous years the informateur and formateur were appointed by the monarch).
Instead of the monarch, the Speaker of the House of Representatives appointed the informateur – whose function was renamed to 'scout'.

Party for Freedom

PVVPartij voor de VrijheidFreedom Party
Founded in 2006 as the successor to Geert Wilders' one-man faction in the House of Representatives, it won nine seats in the 2006 general election making it the fifth-largest party in parliament.

Reformed Political Party

SGPPolitical Reformed PartyStaatkundig Gereformeerde Partij
Since the general election of 2017, it has held 3 of the 150 seats of the House of Representatives.

Party for the Animals

PvdDParty for AnimalsPartij voor de Dieren
With 3.2% of the vote at the general election, 2017, the PvdD held five of the 150 House of Representatives's seats.

Bicameralism

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The House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, pronounced ; commonly referred to as the Tweede Kamer, literally Second Chamber) is the lower house of the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands, the States General, the other one being the Senate.

2017 Dutch general election

20172017 general electionelection of 2017
The Dutch general election of 2017 was held on Wednesday, 15 March 2017, and followed the call for new elections after the Second Rutte cabinet had completed its four-year term.
General elections were held in the Netherlands on Wednesday 15 March 2017 to elect all 150 members of the House of Representatives.

Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Citizens of the Kingdom of the Netherlands aged 18 or over have the right to vote, with the exception of 1) prisoners serving a term of more than one year 2) those who have been declared incapable by court because of insanity 3) residents of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, unless they have spent ten years residing in the Netherlands or work for the Dutch civil service.
The people are represented by the States General of the Netherlands, which consists of a House of Representatives and a Senate.

Binnenhof

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It sits in the Binnenhof in The Hague.
The House of Representatives sat in the Oude Zaal (literally Old Hall) until 1992, when it had become too small to facilitate the 150 members of the house, and a modern expansion was built on the south of the building, housing its new seat.

Christian Union (Netherlands)

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Rutte's VVD, as well as the CDA, D66 and CU parties, later agreed to form a governing coalition with the required one-seat majority after the longest time since an election took place, 209 days, surpassing the previous record of 208 days set after the 1977 general elections.
Founded in 2000 as a merger of the Reformed Political Alliance (GPV) and Reformatory Political Federation (RPF), the Christian Union has five seats in the House of Representatives and four in the Senate.

Geert Wilders

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Wilders is the parliamentary leader of his party in the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer).

Second Rutte cabinet

Rutte IICabinet Rutte IIII
The Dutch general election of 2017 was held on Wednesday, 15 March 2017, and followed the call for new elections after the Second Rutte cabinet had completed its four-year term.
The grand coalition (purple) cabinet was a majority government in the House of Representatives.

1977 Dutch general election

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Rutte's VVD, as well as the CDA, D66 and CU parties, later agreed to form a governing coalition with the required one-seat majority after the longest time since an election took place, 209 days, surpassing the previous record of 208 days set after the 1977 general elections.
The Labour Party remained the largest party, winning 53 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.

Klaas Dijkhoff

Klaas Henricus Dominicus Maria Dijkhoff (born 13 January 1981) is a legal scholar serving as leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives since 26 October 2017.