PvdA: no coalition without the SP

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24 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Labour PvdA is reportedly not prepared to enter into a coalition government without the Socialist SP.

24 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — Labour PvdA is reportedly not prepared to enter into a coalition government without the Socialist SP.

Sources have said the party would not agree to a coalition with the Christian Democrat CDA and ChristenUnie because the risk is too great that the SP will again improve at the next election.

The PvdA stance means the coalition formation could become a very difficult and lengthy process. Majority-rule combinations without the CDA and PvdA are almost out of the question.

It is expected that Queen Beatrix will appoint an 'scout' as an informateur in coming days to study the difficult political terrain. The informateur chairs the coalition talks and is usually a member of the winning party.

Meanwhile, a re-division of votes on Friday saw the SP lose one seat to end up with 25 seats in the Dutch Parliament and the PvdA gain one seat to finish up with 33. The Christian Democrat has 41 seats and the Liberal VVD 22.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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