Rutte pleased with committee report
13 June 2007, THE HAGUE – Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte is pleased with the Dekker committee's report, which calls for a clear division of roles in the party.
13 June 2007
THE HAGUE – Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte is pleased with the Dekker committee's report, which calls for a clear division of roles in the party.
The committee says that the party leader should determine the political course of the party and that there is no room for those who are harbouring a hidden agenda to seize power.
"That makes it clear," Rutte said at the presentation of the report. The visible division in the VVD stemming from the elections for party leader has caused the party serious damage. Rutte promised to do his utmost to make sure that the party no longer appears a party divided.
VVD MP Rita Verdonk "supports the conclusions" of the Dekker committee and said the committee had come to "balanced conclusions." Verdonk added that there is no rift in the VVD.
Verdonk denied that she had tried to slyly seize power from Rutte after the elections. She claims her statements at the time were aimed entirely at calling attention to the high number of preferential votes she had received in the elections.
The Dekker committee said that the VVD did not show enough appreciation for those preferential votes.
Rutte wants the VVD to distinguish itself as the "party of the forgotten majority." He will focus mainly on the economy, security, integration and immigration, and all the matters related to personal choice, like abortion and euthanasia. "We want to reclaim those strongholds."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news