Majority back resignation of ministers

22nd September 2006, Comments 0 comments

22 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — A large majority of the Dutch population believe that Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner and Housing, Planning and Environment Minister Sybilla Dekker did the right thing in resigning on Thursday.

22 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — A large majority of the Dutch population believe that Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner and Housing, Planning and Environment Minister Sybilla Dekker did the right thing in resigning on Thursday.

A survey of 750 Dutch residents revealed that 67 percent of the population backed Donner's decision and 64 percent thought that Dekker did the right thing.

The Maurice de Hond survey also found that 41 percent of respondents think Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk should have resigned as well.

Some 58 percent of Christian Democrat voters thought CDA minister Donner was right to resign, while 52 percent of Liberal VVD voters thought the VVD's Dekker also made the right decision.

The largest group of people who applauded the ministers' resignations were Labour PvdA voters: in both cases 86 percent were pleased to see the downfall of the ministers.

More than half of respondents (52 percent) said they were shocked by the findings of the report into the Schiphol fire tragedy, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported on Friday.

Almost 71 percent believe that the fatalities could have been prevented and 54 percent think that government authorities regularly break the law.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

0 Comments To This Article