Agreement on new minority Cabinet 'in days', sources say

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5 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Former prime minister Ruud Lubbers meets with Queen Beatrix on Wednesday to outline the progress in talks to create a new coalition government.

5 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Former prime minister Ruud Lubbers meets with Queen Beatrix on Wednesday to outline the progress in talks to create a new coalition government.

Sources close to Lubbers said on Tuesday evening the new Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, may be installed in a matter of days. This would allow for the presentation of the government policy statement to parliament before the weekend.

Balkenende III will be a minority government between Balkenende's Christian Democrats (CDA) and the Liberal Party (VVD).

Lubbers was appointed informateur by the Queen on Saturday to investigate whether such a government could rely on support from the opposition benches to enable it to introduce the 2007 Budget in September.

A general election will be held in November, though the exact date has yet to be announced.

Queen Beatrix is scheduled to leave for a vacation in Italy after she has received the progress report from Lubbers. Arrangements have been made for her to postpone her departure or return early if necessary to accept the appointment of a new government. 

Sources suggested Lubbers will be in a position to present his final report on Wednesday. It may include a list of controversial policy decisions the opposition parties don't want the temporary government to deal with. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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