Bos considers ministership
31 January 2007, AMSTERDAM - Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos is considering a ministerial post. Bos said this on Tuesday after the PvdA leadership urged him to serve in the next government.
31 January 2007
AMSTERDAM - Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos is considering a ministerial post. Bos said this on Tuesday after the PvdA leadership urged him to serve in the next government.
The majority of the PvdA faction in Parliament would also like Bos to serve in the next Cabinet.
Bos had said so far that the political leader of the PvdA belonged in Parliament. But party chairman Michiel van Hulten thinks that Bos serving in the government would show the party’s confidence in the coalition agreement and the new Cabinet and contribute to the stability of the new government.
Bos said the arguments from the party executive were “very interesting” and that he would take them seriously into account.
Insiders in the PvdA expect Bos to choose to head the Finance Ministry, where he served as state secretary during Wim Kok’s second government. That would also make him deputy prime minister.
The PvdA faction discussed the filling of ministerial posts on Tuesday. Van Hulten advised the MPs to show courage by choosing new, young candidates and not necessarily established names.
The coalition accord is expected to be presented to the factions on Friday or Monday. Insiders say that the negotiators are close to agreement on the two most thorny issues: mortgage interest relief and the old age pension.
Mortgage interest relief will most likely remain in place for the next four years, as the CDA wishes. And wealthy pensioners will be forced to contribute to the financing of the old age pension, as the PvdA and ChristenUnie have proposed.
The negotiators will continue talks at the prime minister’s residence the Catshuis on Wednesday. Facilitator of the talks Herman Wijffels informed the queen of the progress of the formation process on Tuesday.
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Subject: Dutch news