Dutch centre-right parties agree to form government
Dutch liberals and Christian Democrats agreed on Tuesday to form a coalition government backed by the controversial anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, the head of the liberals said.
"We have put the final touches on the agreement," said Mark Hutte, head of the centre-right, liberal VVD party and likely future prime minister.
Hutte, whose party narrowly won June 9 elections, did not reveal to journalists details of the accord, which would be put on Wednesday to lawmakers in his pro-business party, as well as to the Christian Democrats and Wilders' Party for Freedom (PVV)
The Christian Democrats (CDA), who have been deeply divided over participating in a coalition with Wilders' party, are to vote on the agreement on Saturday.
Wilders, who campaigns to stop Muslim immigration and the construction of new mosques in order to halt what he says is the "Islamisation" of the Netherlands, ended a previous round of talks saying he had lost trust in the CDA.
The talks resumed on September 13.
© 2010 AFP