Keep trying for a right-wing coalition, Dutch parties say

10 09 2010


A majority in the Dutch Lower House has advised Queen Beatrix to have a programme for a new government drafted by Mark Rutte, the leader of the free-market liberal VVD party.

In the course of consultations to refloat the stranded coalition negotiations, the three parties involved all favoured a continuation of efforts towards a centre-right government. VVD, Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Freedom Party and the Christian Democrat Appeal CDA were close to reaching agreement when the talks broke down. This was caused by the loss of the minimal one-seat majority which the combination had in parliament.

Outgoing Health Minister, Ab Klink MP, derailed the talks by withdrawing his support for the proposed centre-right coalition on grounds of principle. He feared that Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party would infringe the fundamental freedom of religion and damage the Dutch reputation abroad. Mr Klink’s surprise resignation from parliament, however, reopened the door to the negotiating table. His successor as an MP is expected to be loyal to the Christian Democrat party line.

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Meanwhile: Wilders holds the key, says Liberal leader Rutte after meeting queen.

Reuters: Dutch gov’t talks to resume after dissident quits.




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