Donner to run in general election

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14 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner is to stand as a candidate for the Christian Democrat Party (CDA) at the general election in November.

14 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner is to stand as a candidate for the Christian Democrat Party (CDA) at the general election in November.

Sources said Donner's name will be included when the CDA executive finalises its list of candidates by Monday evening. The list will be headed by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

Donner, who was not a candidate for the elections in 2002 and 2003, is available for a return to Cabinet if the CDA is part of the next governing coalition. Being a Member of Parliament (MP) is not a prerequisite to be a minister.

Maria van der Hoeven (Education) and Joop Wijn (Economic Affairs) will be in prominent positions on the election list.

Several other CDA ministers have already announced they will not be standing for election in November but want to be in government again.

Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst, who introduced a major reform of the healthcare system, is one of the leading figures leaving politics.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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