Headscarf ban prevents far right coalition in the Hague

While the far right Freedom Party (PVV), headed by Geert Wilders, came in second in municipal elections in the Hague last month, their position on the headscarf has prevented them from forming a ruling coalition. The party is insisting on a headscarf ban in municipal buildings, a condition which no other party will accept in forming a coalition. The party came second in the municipal elections, winning 16.8% of the vote and eight of the 45 municipal council seats. However, given its insistence on the headscarf ban, officials no longer consider it a possible coalition party.