Bos claims victory, but fight is not over
14 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos has mixed feelings about the Cabinet's decision around the Rita Verdonk crisis, but is pleased that some of the rejected asylum seekers will no longer be deported.
14 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos has mixed feelings about the Cabinet's decision around the Rita Verdonk crisis, but is pleased that some of the rejected asylum seekers will no longer be deported.
He said the result was a "victory for the Lower House", but is uncertain whether it is sufficient. Bos also said he wants to speak with this party about the fact that Verdonk has not fully resigned.
"In any case, she has left her portfolio and that is pure profit," he said.
He also wants to examine the suspension imposed on deportations, requesting a clarification from Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, who has temporarily taken over Verdonk's immigration tasks.
Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party PVV accused the VVD of having weak knees and said it was incomprehensible that the party's ministers stayed in the cabinet. He was also critical of the fact that Verdonk was demoted to a half minister.
But he said the Christian Democrat CDA should take the most blame: "Prime Minister Jan Peter Ballkenende thinks exclusively of his own interest. It is incomprehensible. He says first that the motions are unfeasible and now it appears possible".
Socialist SP leader Jan Marijnissen said it was a curious solution that the cabinet had proposed, but still saw a substantial compromise with the parliament.
Marijnissen does not yet know whether he can approve of the solution and said he needed to first discuss the situation with his party.
He said a possible sticking point could be the fact that only families will be saved from expulsions. "That appears arbitrary and will probably not stand up against a judge," he said.
The fact that Verdonk did not resign after a motion of no confidence is a constitutional precedent, he said. However, the most important points were that she was removed from immigration affairs and the extended suspension of expulsions.
The SP leader said the entire situation could have been averted if Balkenende intervened earlier. "This is completely unbelievable," he said.
GroenLinks leader Femke Halsema said it appears that Verdonk is still holding the cabinet "hostage".
Democrat D66 leader Alexander Pechtold is "totally despairing".
"I have two problems. We voted Verdonk out, but now I am suddenly faced with a Minister of Other Affairs. And that now suddenly it is possible not to deport people on humanitarian grounds".
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news