Lubbers, Kok to chair Cabinet coalition talks

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18 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Former prime ministers Ruud Lubbers and Wim Kok are expected to be appointed facilitators to chair talks over a Christian Democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie coalition Cabinet.

18 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — Former prime ministers Ruud Lubbers and Wim Kok are expected to be appointed facilitators to chair talks over a Christian Democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie coalition Cabinet.  

Lubbers and Kok will replace informateur Rein Jan Hoekstra who chaired the exploratory coalition talks immediately after the November parliamentary elections.

His job is completed now that a coalition between the CDA, PvdA and ChristenUnie appears the most likely to take shape

The prediction of Lubbers and Kok as informateurs was made by Rotterdam PvdA chairman Peter Van Heemst based on talks with party MPs.

Lubbers is a former CDA prime minister and Kok is a former PvdA prime minister.

"The beautiful thing about Lubbers and Kok, is that they were once in the same cabinet together and that together they have shown what being a prime minister in this country means," Van Heemst said.

But CDA Mayor Sjaak van der Tak thinks that Kok will refuse the job of informateur and pass the job on instead to former PvdA MP Klaas de Vries.

Other sources have also said PvdA Groningen Mayor Jacques Wallage and former Social Economic Council SER chairman Herman Wijffels (CDA) will be appointed informateurs.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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