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Thursday, 16 May, 2002, 01:57 GMT 02:57 UK
In pictures: Dutch election night
The centre-left coalition has suffered a crushing defeat in the Dutch general election.

Murdered politician Pim Fortuyn's anti-immigration party received strong support, coming second after the centre-right Christian Democrats.

Jao Varela, Pim Fortuyn's deputy, stands by a picture of his late leader
The election was dominated by the murder of Pim Fortuyn...

Pim Fortuyns List party candidate Marianne Kromme applauds her party's results
...whose party achieved a stunning election success

Newly elected List Pim Fortuyn members of the Dutch Parliament
List Pim Fortuyn will enter the Dutch parliament in force

Christian Democrat leader Jan Peter Balkenende
But the main winners are the Christian Democrats...

Christian Democrat leader Jan Peter Balkenende hugs his wife Bianca Hoogendijk
Whose leader, dubbed "the Harry Potter of Dutch politics", is set to become prime minister

Minister of Defence Frank De Grave, whose liberal VVD party was part of the centre-left coalition
But it was not such a happy for some politicians

Labour Party parliamentary leader Ad Melkert (l) is comforted by interim Prime Minister Wim Kok
The Labour Party, the dominant force in Dutch politics before the election, was heavily defeated
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