Geert Wilders' anti-Islam PVV will take part in the local council elections in Rotterdam, local broadcaster RTV Rijnmond said on Wednesday.

The list of candidates, including the local campaign leader, will be announced on Thursday in front of the city's Essalam mosque, the broadcaster said.

Mosque imam Azzedin Karrat told the broadcaster he would make sure there was coffee and biscuits for everyone who turns up. 'We will be here with an outstretched hand,' he said.

The decision to fight the March 21 local vote means three right-wing populist parties will be on the ballot paper: the PVV, Leefbaar Rotterdam (which is part of the current city coalition) and Thierry Baudet's FvD.

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