CDA minister not running for MP post

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10 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Social Affairs Minister Aart Jan de Geus has announced he will not be a candidate for Christian Democrat' Party (CDA) for the general election in November.

10 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Social Affairs Minister Aart Jan de Geus has announced he will not be a candidate for Christian Democrat' Party (CDA) for the general election in November.

He told Radio 1 news on Thursday he does not feel suited for the role of people's representative in parliament.

The former trade unionist is however keeping his options open on the issue of being a minister in the next Cabinet. "That is still very far off and we will see when the time comes," he said.

He said now is the time to be clear with the electorate. "If you present yourself as a candidate then you have to be prepared to be a Member of Parliament for four years. I am not going to do that. The role of MP doesn't suit me; it is not in my soul."

De Geus said he is more of a "doer" and would prefer to continue to work on reform, such as the changes to the WAO work disability scheme.

He has been Social Affairs Minister for the Christian Democrat Party since 2002. He did not stand for election in the 2002 or 2003 elections.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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