Dutch Liberal-leftist coalition ruled out: official

22nd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Dutch politicians negotiating a new government have ruled out a coalition of Liberals, Labour, centrists and Greens, a politician tasked with exploring the options said Tuesday.

After two days of sounding out the four parties about a four-way coalition, senator Uri Rosenthal said in a statement that he had found "no point in negotiating" on such a basis to form a government,

Consequently, he is to meet on Wednesday with the party heads from Liberals, Labour and Christian Democrats about forming a three-way coalition.

The queen tasked Rosenthal to investigate possible cabinet formations following parliamentary elections earlier this month in which the centre-right Liberal VVD became the biggest party and the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) made the largest gains.

Last week Rosenthal deemed a coalition between the Liberals, Christian Democrats and the far-right to be "impossible."

Coalition talks are expected to last weeks and possibly even months.

© 2010 AFP

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