Left-wing leaders call for CDA, PvdA, SP coalition

28th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Labour PvdA and Socialist SP told informateur Jan Rein Hoekstra on Tuesday they are in favour of a coalition Cabinet involving their two parties and the Christian Democrat CDA.

28 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Labour PvdA and Socialist SP told informateur Jan Rein Hoekstra on Tuesday they are in favour of a coalition Cabinet involving their two parties and the Christian Democrat CDA.

PvdA leader Wouter Bos and SP leader Jan Marijnissen stressed that such a cabinet would have great support in the Lower House of Parliament. CDA leader and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has not yet indicated his wishes.

Hoesktra — who is chairing the coalition formation talks — met with the leaders of the CDA, PvdA, SP and Liberal VVD on Tuesday.

The meetings were exploratory talks because Hoekstra first wants to know under which conditions the nation's political parties will be prepared to enter government.

Balkenende was the first to meet with Hoekstra on Tuesday morning and urged the nation's parties to play a constructive role in the talks.

"Everyone must feel responsible for the governability of the Netherlands," the caretaker prime minister said, adding that he will work towards forming a cabinet with "new zest".

But it remains unclear what type of cabinet Balkenende wants and the coming formation talks are expected to be difficult because a coalition of just two parties will not be sufficient to form a parliamentary majority. 

The PvdA feels a responsibility to co-operate with a new coalition. Bos said after his talk with Hoekstra that politicians must be able to step around underlying differences.

"You cannot ask the faith of millions of voters and than remain nicely left-wing in the opposition," he said.

Bos and Marijnissen also stressed a CDA, PvdA and SP coalition could count on solid support in Parliament. "If the CDA is smart, it will go with it. It has enormous support of 99 seats," Marijnissen said.

Marijnissen wants his party to be given a serious chance in the coalition formation talks now that his party emerged as the big winner from last week's elections.

He said the scaling down and equalising of income differences were the biggest issues for his party in the upcoming coalition talks.

He did not want to speak about possible deadlock issues, but the SP is calling for reduction in the tax deduction scheme offered on mortgage interest rate payments. The CDA is opposed to any cut in the so-called hypotheekrenteaftrek.

Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte said he is not in favour of a CDA, PvdA and SP coalition, stressing that it will only create problems due to large policy differences over the hypotheekrenteaftrek, the AOW pension and a general amnesty for the group of 26,000 asylum seekers.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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