SP prepared to compromise for coalition
1 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Socialist SP leader Jan Marijnissen said on Friday he is prepared to make concessions to make the formation of a coalition Cabinet possible.
1 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — Socialist SP leader Jan Marijnissen said on Friday he is prepared to make concessions to make the formation of a coalition Cabinet possible.
But he said the Christian Democrat CDA must first make it clear that it is prepared to enter into discussions with the SP.
"Everyone has expressed their preference, but the CDA hasn't," Marijnissen said prior to meeting again with informateur Rein Jan Hoekstra on Friday.
Hoekstra — who is chairing the coalition talks — said on Thursday night he wants to first investigate whether a stable majority-rule coalition involving the SP is possible.
But the talks between Marijnissen and Hoekstra on Friday were expected to be intense as the informateur tested the SP's willingness to compromise.
Following the completion of the talks, Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos was to have his second discussion with Hoekstra on Friday night.
CDA Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende will meet with Hoekstra on Saturday.
The coalition talks are currently exploring the possibility of a coalition government involving the CDA, PvdA and the SP, the nation's three largest parties after the 22 November elections.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news