Utrecht shooting, arrest of Turkish-born suspect, to boost populist parties at polls -DW

A shooting in the Netherlands on Monday and the subsequent arrest of a Turkish-born man, is expected to bolster populist parties in provincial elections, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.

Three people were killed in Monday’s tram attack in the city of Utrecht with Dutch police saying a terrorist motive was being seriously considered.

Turkish born Gökmen Tanış, 37, remains in custody over the incident while police have on Wednesday said they had arrested a new suspect, Deutsche Welle said.

The arrest of the Turkish-born suspect has boosted Dutch populist parties in the provincial elections in the Netherlands which began on Wednesday, it noted.

Despite the fact that pre-election polls showed Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right coalition was likely to lose its majority in the Senate, Monday’s attack is expected to lead to the strongest-ever showing by two populist parties, Deutsche Welle said.

"It's 100 percent clear that the coalition will book major losses," according to pollster Maurice de Hond.

Determination to turn out and vote had grown among populists, while support for traditional parties remained lackluster, a snap poll conducted  following the tram attack showed.

The Dutch right-wing has been dominated by the Freedom party of Geert Wilders for a decade and has been transformed in the past two years by the rapid growth the Forum for Democracy, Deutsche Welle highlighted.

The party, which has emphasises, "Netherlands First,’’ is headed by 36-year-old Thierry Baudet, who has blamed the Dutch government for the Utrecht attack.