CDA, PvdA, ChristenUnie to enter coalition talks

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18 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Christian Democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie will continue negotiations over the formation of new coalition Cabinet, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Monday.

18 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Christian Democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie will continue negotiations over the formation of new coalition Cabinet, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Monday.

The CDA leader was speaking after a four-and-a-half hour meeting between the parties and informateur Rein Jan Hoekstra. Part of Monday's talks was conducted without Hoekstra's presence.

Besides the CDA, the PvdA has also indicated it wants an informateur — who facilitates the coalition talks — to be appointed from within its own party, sources said.

But sources also said that the CDA is demanding the appointment of just one informateur. Balkenende believes one facilitator is better for the decisiveness of the negotiations.
 
If the PvdA wants an informateur from its own party, however, it means the ChristenUnie will also want its own informateur, leading to a three-pronged facilitation.

Hoekstra entered into talks with Balkenende, PvdA leader Wouter Bos and ChristenUnie leader André Rouvoet at about 1pm on Monday. He was to issue his final report to the three leaders.

Hoekstra initially explored the possibility of a CDA, PvdA and Socialist SP coalition, but the ChristenUnie emerged as the third party after the SP dropped out of talks due to policy differences with the CDA.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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