Utrecht coalition collapses

14th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The coalition governing the city of Utrecht has collapsed over a dispute about a plan to improve air quality in the city.

UTRECHT - Members of the four-party coalition, made up of Labour, the GreenLeft, Christian Democrats and the Christian Union, held a crisis meeting this afternoon but failed to reach a breakthrough.

In order to meet the standards for air quality set out in the plan, some councillors proposed demolishing houses and building a new road.

However, GreenLeft council members refused to vote in favour of the proposal.

This prompted the other coalition partners to withdraw their support for the GreenLeft councillors.

In response, both GreenLeft members withdrew from the coalition and the city government no longer has a majority.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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