CDA, PvdA, ChristenUnie talks loom
14 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — It appears likely that the Christian Democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie will enter into talks over the formation of a new Cabinet.
14 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — It appears likely that the Christian Democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie will enter into talks over the formation of a new Cabinet.
The Socialist SP dropped away at the start of this week as the possible third coalition partner for the CDA and PvdA.
The green-left GroenLinks indicated on Wednesday it was not interested in forming a coalition government. The small ChristenUnie remains as the most logical alternative.
Sources have said informateur Rein Jan Hoekstra will advise Queen Beatrix to appoint several new informateurs to facilitate the coalition talks between the CDA, PvdA and ChristenUnie.
But before Hoekstra can draw up his final report, he will probably want to speak one more time with CDA leader Jan Peter Balkenende.
This will not be possible before Friday afternoon as the prime minister will be attending an EU summit in Brussels.
ChristenUnie leader André Rouvoet could also possibly meet with Hoekstra again, while Bos has said he has no interest in more exploratory talks. The PvdA leader said definite negotiations must start as soon as possible.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news