Lubbers begins work to create Balkenende III
3 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Ruud Lubbers began a series of meetings on Monday to investigate the chance of success for the formation of Balkenende III.
3 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — Ruud Lubbers began a series of meetings on Monday to investigate the chance of success for the formation of Balkenende III.
Lubbers met with the chairpersons of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament at 9am on Monday morning. He was scheduled to have talks with the leaders of all the political parties over the course of the day.
Queen Beatrix appointed Lubbers, a former Christian Democrat (CDA) prime minister, as informateur on Saturday to investigate on behalf of the crown whether a minority coalition between the CDA and Liberals is likely to succeed.
Both parties have indicated they want to continue in a minority government under Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (CDA) after junior coalition party, D66, withdrew its support for the second Balkenende Cabinet last week.
Balkenende II was due to run to May 2007 but the country will now go to the polls in November.
A CDA-VVD coalition will not have a majority in the 150-seat parliament and will require the support of one or more opposition parties. Its most likely ally is the populist LPF, the party responsible for collapsing Balkenende's first coalition after 87 days in 2002.
The main task for Balkenende III will be to introduce the 2007 Budget in September this year. The CDA and Liberals say it will also be important to have a proper government rather than a powerless, caretaker administration in place when 1,400 troops join the international mission to Afghanistan in August.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news