Dutch CDA MPs to vote on proposed government
Christian Democrat CDA MPs are meeting at 5 pm today for a crucial vote on whether to accept the proposed government coalition of their party and the conservative VVD. The minority government would rule with parliamentary support from the anti-Islamic Freedom Party PVV.
Two CDA MPs have, up to now, said that they are against working with Geert Wilders’ populist PVV on principle. They feel their position has been vindicated by the 1274 CDA members who, during a special party congress on Saturday, voted against working with the PVV.
Both rebel CDA MPs, Kathleen Ferrier and Ad Koppejan, view their party’s anti-PVV members – nearly one-third of Saturday’s congress voters - as a substantial minority within the CDA.
Backing Even with the support of the PVV, the proposed government will need the backing of all 21 CDA MPs to guarantee a tiny majority of 76 in the Dutch lower house.
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