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 is "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.

The Christian Democratic CDA of outgoing Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende "couldn't see how they would fit" in such a coalition, he said.

Rosenthal was tasked by the queen to investigate possible cabinet formations 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 largest gains.

Official results confirmed Tuesday the outcome of the poll in which the VVD won 31 of 150 seats 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 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 a rightist alliance with the Liberal VVD and the far-right PVV, but some of its members baulked at the idea of sharing power with Wilders.

Rosenthal said he had met three times each with Liberal leader Mark Rutte, Wilders and the leader of the CDA parliamentary group Maxime Verhagen.

There are "other possibilities, other options" for a coalition, he said, adding that details would be released on Friday.

Based on the poll results, the two other options would be a coalition of the Liberals, the CDA and the Labour PvdA, or a Liberal-Labour coalition with support from the Greens and the D66 centrist party, which each have 10 seats.

© 2010 AFP

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