LPF sets conditions for government support

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3 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF) has signalled it is ready to support a minority government of the Christian Democrat (CDA) and Liberal (VVD).

3 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF) has signalled it is ready to support a minority government of the Christian Democrat (CDA) and Liberal (VVD).

But it is making this support from the opposition benches dependent on certain policy demands, LPF leader Gerard van As told informateur Ruud Lubbers on Monday.

Van As declined to reveal to the media what these demands are, but he said the LPF could not tolerate a postponement of the planned reduction in the tax burden.

The government would also have to press ahead with the controversial development of the Maasvlakte II industrial area in Rotterdam Port and the building a road across the Naardermeer to connect the A6 and A9, he said.

Lubbers, a former Christian Democrat prime minister, was appointed by Queen Beatrix on Saturday to investigate the chances of success for the formation of a CDA-VVD government. The parties have a combined strength of 71 seats in parliament, five short of a majority.

Small Liberal Democrat party D66 withdrew support from Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's three-party coalition last week. Balkenende's CDA want to continue to govern with the VVD until the general election in November.

The main task for the minority government will be to introduce the 2007 Budget.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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