Dutch Liberals surpassed the Dutch Labor Party in election polls and have gained a substantial lead ahead of the Netherlands’ June 9 elections. Voters view the plans of the Liberal party to be the most effective measures to cut the Netherlands’ budget deficit, Reuters says. A total of nine political parties are participating in the June 9 elections, which Queen Beatrix called on May 23 following the collapse of the country’s coalition government over the issue of extending the Netherlands’ military mission in Afghanistan. The Labor party, which was against extending the mission, opted out of the three-part coalition on Feb. 19, 2010.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.