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Dutch government defeats no-confidence motion in parliament

Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte waves as he arrives at an emergency euro zone summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 7, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The government of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte easily defeated a vote of no-confidence in parliament on Wednesday called by right-wing opposition politician Geert Wilders.

Wilders sought the vote in response to a government decision to support a third emergency bailout for Greece, after promising voters not to spend “one more cent” on rescuing the debt-ridden fellow euro zone country.

The no-confidence motion was trounced by a large margin as only members of Wilders’ rightist Freedom party and several breakaway former Freedom MPs supported it.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Mark Heinrich