Disciplining of right-wing Dutch MP avoids crisis for fragile government

17 11 2010

From the Irish Times:

AMSTERDAM – Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders disciplined a party member yesterday over a sex scandal but stopped short of expelling him from the party, avoiding a crisis for the minority government it supports.

The right-leaning minority coalition, formed last month after elections in June produced no clear winner, is seen as fragile and likely to be short-lived.

Mr Wilders’s Freedom Party (PVV) has agreed to support the Liberal-Christian Democrat coalition in parliament, providing it with the thinnest of majorities needed to pass spending cuts in exchange for a tougher stance on immigration.

Expulsion of the MP, Eric Lucassen, a Freedom Party member and former soldier, would have deprived the coalition of its majority.

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Meanwhile, via The US Daily: Dutch anti-Islam party averts crisis as retains MP.

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