The current ruling party, known as People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), is a conservative-liberal party formerly headed by Mark Rutte.
Presently, the party leader is Dilan Yeşilgöz (46) who served as justice minister in the last Rutte government. The daughter of Turkish immigrants, she moved to The Netherlands at age seven as a refugee.
Despite having come as a refugee, Yeşilgöz is promising stricter immigration reform. Notably, her campaigns have expressed a desire for a two-tier asylum system, cancel permanent residence permits, and take control over all forms of migration.
Furthermore, during her campaign launch speech, Yeşilgöz noted it was not racist to express concern about whether “the Netherlands will remain the Netherlands” with the current influx of migrants.
Additional issues the VVD also focuses on include housing, the cost of living, and climate change.