Queen meets advisors over election result
23 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix is expected to meet with her advisers on Thursday afternoon or evening to discuss the consequences of the Dutch Parliament elections.
23 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix is expected to meet with her advisers on Thursday afternoon or evening to discuss the consequences of the Dutch Parliament elections.
She will meet the deputy chairman of the Council of State, Herman Tjeenk Willink, and the chairpersons of the Lower House of Parliament and the Senate, Frans Weisglas and Yvonne Timmerman-Buck, respectively.
The Queen is then expected to enter talks on Friday with the leaders of the political parties represented in the Lower House.
Based on her talks, Beatrix will then appoint an informateur, who will investigate what type of coalition government is possible.
The parties in the Lower House will discuss the election result on Thursday morning or early on Thursday afternoon.
It is anticipated in political circles that the process of forming a coalition government will be a long and difficult process.
The election result means there are only coalition possibilities involving at least three parties.
The most obvious combination based on seats involves the Christian Democrat CDA and Labour PvdA — the two largest parties — with the election winner, Socialist SP.
But the policies of the CDA and SP are vastly different.
The ChristenUnie — also one of the winners — therefore looks like a more likely candidate to come into consideration as the third party.
If a majority-rule Cabinet cannot be formed, the alternative could be a minority cabinet involving the CDA and PvdA, which together hold 73 seats.
To have a majority, a coalition must have 76 seats in the 150-seat Parliament.
A CDA and PvdA coalition could rule under toleration granted by the ChristenUnie, Democrat D66 and the Party of the Animals (PvdD).
But a continuation of the present minority coalition of the CDA and Liberal VVD is also possible.
The two parties could try and gain toleration support from the Freedom Party PVV of Geert Wilders, the Christian SGP, the ChristenUnie and Democrat D66.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news