Anti-Islam lawmaker not part of Dutch government

31 07 2010

By Mike Corder, via the Associated Press:

THE HAGUE, Netherlands ā€” Anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders’ hopes of becoming a Dutch Cabinet minister evaporated Friday after exploratory talks to include him in a right-wing coalition ended without agreement.

Wilders, who faces a hate speech trial this year for his criticism of Islam, held a week of closed-door negotiations with the leaders of the pro-free market VVD and the right-leaning Christian Democrats, but could not agree to forge a three-party Cabinet in the aftermath of last month’s inconclusive elections.

VVD leader Mark Rutte said he will now begin further talks with his Christian Democrat counterpart Maxime Verhagen about creating a minority government with support from Wilders’ Freedom Party on key votes.

The VVD was the winner of June 9 elections with 31 seats while the Christian Democrats slumped from 41 to 21 seats in the 150-member lower house of Parliament. Wilders’ Freedom Party, known by its Dutch acronym PVV, won 24 seats.

The Christian Democrats, known as the CDA, have steadfastly refused to join Wilders in a ruling coalition because of his strident criticism of Islam.

Wilders was upbeat about the decision, which could still give him a strong hand in shaping what government policy becomes law. And he added, “it will allow me to say what I want in Parliament.”

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1 08 2010
Dianne

I wonder if these so-called Christians r really Christian at all. Everyone knows real Christians support the Jewish state of Isreal and r Zionists. I would think all Zionists supported Geert Wilders

1 08 2010
EmilyWatson

I was amazed the church I use to attend, (Luthern) were in favor of Palestine and opposed to Israel. I emailed them several times. I never did get a response from them. Needless to say, I stopped attending. It appears to me, that the Islamic countries are holding the US hostage. Sad but true. My taxes go to Terrorists.

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