No VVD commission to examine party leadership
29 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Liberal VVD rejected on Tuesday night a proposal to set up a commission to examine the issue of the party's leadership.
29 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Liberal VVD rejected on Tuesday night a proposal to set up a commission to examine the issue of the party's leadership.
Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk — who had called for the commission to be established — later threw her support behind the party's decision.
VVD leader Mark Rutte also said Verdonk will remain a member of the party.
Verdonk had called for a commission to examine the leadership issue after she won more preference votes than Rutte did at last week's elections.
She did not outright claim leadership of the party, but suggested that a great deal of the party's supporters backed her.
Liberal MPs held an emergency meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the crisis.
A separate meeting between Rutte and Verdonk followed, after which the immigration minister ended her attack against Rutte.
Verdonk said after the meeting that she was a "satisfied person" and that it had been a "strong debate".
"I get behind Rutte," she said, adding that it was good "something will be done about the culture of the party".
After last week's election, the VVD parliamentary faction — which Verdonk is a member of since the elections — unanimously elected Rutte as party leader.
The party's MPs had also decided at the time to investigate the cause of the party's election loss, but not the VVD leadership.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news