Former VVD leader quits in protest at coalition talks

20th September 2010, Comments 0 comments


Former minister and parliamentary leader of the conservative VVD, Joris Voorhoeve, has resigned his party membership. His move is in protest at the VVD holding talks with the Christian Democrats CDA on the formation of a minority government which will rely on support from the anti-Islam Freedom Party PVV.

He is against the VVD being dependant on Geert Wilders' populist PVV, saying he does not wish to share responsibility for such a situation. Last month, he said he was against working with the PVV which he described as undemocratic.

Mr Voorhoeve was parliamentary leader of the VVD from 1986 to 1990 and served as defence minister from 1994 to 1998. He is a member of the Council of State, the highest administrative court and government advisory body in the land.

The VVD-CDA-PVV coalition talks are also causing problems in the Christian Democrat camp. On Sunday, leading CDA figure, Herman Wijffels, went on record to criticise party leader Maxime Verhagen whom he described as suffering from 'tunnel vision'. He accused Mr Verhagen of being willing to push everything and everyone out of his path to power, even those who had served the CDA well in the past.

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