Policy no-go areas continue to dog new government

7th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 July 2006, AMSTERDAM - Labour party leader Wouter Bos called on Christian Democrat (CDA) Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to spell out what reforms his minority government intends to complete prior to the general election in November.

7 July 2006

AMSTERDAM - Labour party leader Wouter Bos called on Christian Democrat (CDA) Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to spell out what reforms his minority government intends to complete prior to the general election in November.

Bos promised to work "constructively" with the government to deal with essential issues prior to the election but he warned the Cabinet would have to stick to its commitment to be "reserved" in what it tries to achieve.

The leader of the main opposition party made his comments during a special debate in parliament on Friday to ratify Balkenende's third coalition government.

Balkenende II fell last week when junior coalition partner D66 withdrew support over its opposition to Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk of the Liberal Party (VVD).

Ruud Lubbers was appointed by the Queen to chair the talks to create the new CDA-VVD minority government. He warned hours before Balkenende unveiled the new government that Verdonk should not try any more "solo runs" in the coming months. To do so could jeopardise the support the government needs from opposition parties.

Underlining the government's precarious position, Bos said controversial issues to be put on the back burner included whether to buy the JSF fighter, building a motorway link next to or underneath the Narder Lake, cutting profit tax and selling shares in Schiphol Airport.

"We are not out to cause chaos, but I say this: don't lead us into temptation," Bos warned Balkenende.

The Labour leader said the three Balkenende governments in four years was a "bit much" and the election on 22 November would be an opportunity to restore the balance.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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