New ministers meet in "positive atmosphere"
The new team of Dutch cabinet ministers says there was a very "positive atmosphere" during its first meeting. A so-called Constitutional Consultation was the first appointment for the incoming ministers today. A number of agreements were signed during the meeting.
The ministers will be sworn in later today at Huis ten Bosch Palace and then pose for the traditional photograph with Queen Beatrix.
The minority VVD-Christian Democrat government is finally coming into power 127 days after the parliamentary elections. The coalition negotiations were broken off by Geert Wilders' Freedom Party at one point following a row in the Christian Democrat party CDA over objections to the prospective cabinet's reliance on the parliamentary support of the anti-Islamic party.
Incoming Education Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt CDA said "Everyone is looking forward to it, there is chemistry."
The new ministers praised the role of Mark Rutte as head of the new government. "Rutte was good, is good and will remain good," says Christian Democrat leader Maxime Verhagen. He becomes minister of economic affairs today after being foreign minister since 2007.
Incoming VVD Social Affairs Minister Henk Kamp and former defence minister thought Mark Rutte chaired the meeting like an experienced prime minister. "I've been a member of Mark Rutte's fan club for many years. He is a pleasant man with a lot of skills."
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