Verdonk admonished by ministers

7th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 April 2006, AMSTERDAM – Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk was admonished by her fellow ministers during Friday's cabinet meeting for her comments as she entered the race to lead the Liberal Party (VVD) into the next election.

7 April 2006

AMSTERDAM – Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk was admonished by her fellow ministers during Friday's cabinet meeting for her comments as she entered the race to lead the Liberal Party (VVD) into the next election.

Last Wednesday during the BouwRai, a big construction event in Amsterdam, Verdonk announced she would be a candidate in the Liberal Party contest. Describing herself as decisive and a minister who makes good on her promises, she said it was bad to have four people per room in homes for elderly people, or to have police sitting behind their desks 30 percent of their time.

Fellow ministers, led by Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst, told her not to criticise colleagues in public anymore.

"After Verdonk said these things, everyone came to their own conclusions and knew what to do about it," Deputy Prime Minister Laurens Jan Brinkhorst said. "But she did not want to distance herself from the government policy."

Verdonk rang junior Education minister Mark Rutte on his mobile phone on Thursday to patch up a row about her suggestion he lacked decisiveness. Although she did not apologise, Verdonk left a message on his answering machine to say she did not mean to denigrate her main opponent in the contest to become Liberal Party election leader.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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