Balkenende wants quick coalition formation

15th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Christian Democrat CDA leader Jan Peter Balkenende said on Friday the coalition formation process must quickly lead to a new Cabinet.

15 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — Christian Democrat CDA leader Jan Peter Balkenende said on Friday the coalition formation process must quickly lead to a new Cabinet.

He was speaking prior to a meeting with informateur Rein Jan Hoekstra — who is facilitating coalition talks — on Friday night.

At that meeting, Balkenende will indicate his preference for a coalition, but it is a public secret that he wants to enter government with the Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie.

The leader of ChristenUnie, André Rouvoet, also told Hoekstra on Friday morning he was keen to enter negotiations about such a government.

PvdA leader Wouter Bos would prefer to enter a coalition cabinet with the green-left GroenLinks as the third partner, but that party has no interest in joining the government.

The Socialist SP — the big winner from last month's elections — dropped out of coalition talks at the start of this week.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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