More Christian Democrats want Iraq inquiry
Increasing mumbers of Christian Democrat voters want a parliamentary inquiry into Dutch government support for the invasion of Iraq according to a survey.
THE HAGUE—The survey, held for a television chat show, revealed that 48 percent of Christian Democrat supporters think there should be an inquiry. That figure was just 33 percent a week-and-a-half ago. The number of supporters of junior coalition party the Christian Union supporters in favour of an inquiry has also increased from 34 to 54 percent in the same period.
Forty-five percent of Christian Democrats think Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's resistance to calls for an inquiry is damaging to the party. If an inquiry were to be held, Alexander Pechtold, leader of the opposition Democrat 66 party, would be the favourite to chair it.
Altogether, 66 percent of the Dutch population wants an inquiry into the events leading up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. At the time the Dutch government expressed its political support of the invasion. But the government came under fire when a Dutch air force officer appeared at a US army press conference about the operation.