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The Netherlands is a parliamentary democracy. This means that all Dutch citizens who have the right to vote can choose who represent them in Parlement (Parliament). Parliament – also known as Der Staten Generaal (the States General) consists of the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) and the Eerste Kamer (Senate). It scrutinises the Government and is responsible, with the Government, for enacting legislation. Legislation only comes into force after it has been passed by parliament. The Government and individual ministers are accountable to parliament.