Dutch coalition including far-right "impossible": official

17th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Forming a Dutch coalition cabinet with Liberals, Christian Democrats and the far-right was "impossible", a politician tasked with exploring government options said Thursday.

"My conclusion is that a coalition between the (three parties) for a parliamentary majority is impossible," Uri Rosenthal told journalists in The Hague after several days of talks with the three.

Rosenthal was tasked by the queen to investigate possible cabinet formations on behalf of the crown following last week's Dutch parliamentary elections in which the centre-right Liberal VVD became the biggest party and the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) made the biggest gains.

Official results confirmed Tuesday the outcome of last week's poll in which the VVD won 31 seats out of 150 in the Dutch lower house, followed closely by the labour PvdA with 30 seats and the PVV led by anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders with 24.

The Christian Democratic CDA, which had led the previous four coalition governments, was pushed to fourth place with 21 seats.

It has been cited as a possible third party in rightist alliance with the VVD and PVV, but some of its members have balked at the idea of sharing power with Wilders.

© 2010 AFP

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