BRUSSELS, March 15 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday cheered " a vote for Europe " as the VVD party of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte held the upper hand in the exit poll of the Dutch parliamentary elections, Juncker's spokesperson said.
"Juncker just spoke with Mark Rutte, congratulated him on clear victory: 'A vote for Europe, a vote against extremists'," Juncker's chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas tweeted.
The liberal rightist party VVD of Rutte took the lead in the Dutch parliamentary elections, according to the final exit poll released on Wednesday, with the far-right party PVV staying far behind.
The definite exit poll forecasted the VVD got 31 seats of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives, or lower house of the parliament.
The PVV, the center-right Christian Democrats CDA, and the leftist liberals D66 were expected to garner 19 seats each. The green leftist GroenLinks obtained 16 seats, followed by the leftist Socialist Party SP with 14 seats and the leftist Labor party PvdA with nine seats.