Dutch Liberal-leftist coalition ruled out: official
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