Socialists drop out of coalition talks

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11 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Socialist SP, the big winners from last month's elections, dropped out of talks to form a new coalition government on Monday.

11 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Socialist SP, the big winners from last month's elections, dropped out of talks to form a new coalition government on Monday.

The facilitator of the talks, Rein Jan Hoekstra, made the announcement on Monday after meeting with party leaders Jan Peter Balkenende (Christian Democrat CDA), Wouter Bos (Labour PvdA) and Jan Marijnissen (SP).

Hoekstra said it had become clear in recent days that the differences between the CDA and SP were "numerous, serious and on some points, fundamental".

The informateur will now investigate other coalition possibilities, which could involve a coalition between the CDA, PvdA and the small ChristenUnie party.

The CDA had emerged as the biggest party at last month's elections, but the SP made massive electoral gains. The PvdA, as the nation's second largest party, automatically came into consideration for government. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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