GroenLinks critical of leader

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1 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – Green-left GroenLinks leader Femke Halsema is under fire from her own party.

1 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – Green-left GroenLinks leader Femke Halsema is under fire from her own party.

There has been broad criticism within her party on the liberal course she supports, the successive defeats in the polls, and above all the quick decision not to take part in the formation of the new government.

"Halsema committed a strategic blunder there. One that should never be repeated,' said Member of the European Parliament Joost Lagendijk.

Halsema, on the other hand, has accused Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos of deliberately keeping her party out of the government formation process.

"Bos knew we were prepared to take part if the ChristenUnie was not included," she told de Volkskrant on Thursday. "Bos did not want us to enjoy the spotlight. He chose the ChristenUnie above GroenLinks."

A heated discussion awaits Halsema at the GroenLinks party conference on Saturday. Recently 55 party members gathered in Utrecht to put their complaints in writing.

‘The group has grown to about a hundred now,' said Paulus de Wilt, director of GroenLinks-Amsterdam. ‘There is much commotion among the member. GroenLinks was founded as an alternative for the Labour PvdA. But we are not that any more, the SP has become that alternative.’

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