Balkenende wants CDA to chair coalition talks
24 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende suggested to Queen Beatrix on Friday that she appoint a Christian Democrat CDA politician to lead coalition formation talks following Wednesday's parliamentary elections.
24 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende suggested to Queen Beatrix on Friday that she appoint a Christian Democrat CDA politician to lead coalition formation talks following Wednesday's parliamentary elections.
The Christian Democrat CDA leader said the talks — to be led by a so-called informateur — would be an "exploratory round".
Balkenende — who has not yet indicated what type of coalition he is in favour of — said after the exploratory round, a "continuation phase" would examine what possibilities offered the best chance of a stable coalition government.
The prime minister said the elections had left the CDA with an ambiguous picture. The CDA's coalition partner, the Liberal VVD and the largest opposition party, Labour PvdA, lost seats.
But at the same time, parties on both the left and right-wing won a large number of seats.
Balkenende hopes the formation process can occur in a "process of tempo". He also said the formation of a new cabinet should not take into account the result of the provincial elections next March.
"We must watch out for a process that goes on and on," he said.
Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos simply advised Queen Beatrix on Friday to appoint an informateur who can explore the possibilities of a cabinet formation.
He stressed that the election results had not delivered a mandate for the CDA and VVD to continue together in government.
Queen Beatrix was meeting with the leaders of the biggest parties on Friday for talks about the coalition formation. The smaller parties will give their views on Saturday.
The Queen may appoint one or more informateurs the same day, whose task it is to explore the possibilities for coalition talks.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news