Verdonk eyes deputy PM role in new Cabinet

14th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk is expecting to be appointed deputy prime minister if the Liberal VVD enters a coalition government with the Christian Democrat CDA after next week's election.

14 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk is expecting to be appointed deputy prime minister if the Liberal VVD enters a coalition government with the Christian Democrat CDA after next week's election.

Verdonk said on Tuesday it is a tradition for the VVD party leader to lead the party from the Parliament, unless appointed prime minister.

She said VVD leader Mark Rutte would therefore remain the parliamentary leader after the 22 November election.

The hardline immigration minister also said the "approach" should be her appointment as deputy prime minister in Balkenende IV.

But Rutte said it was not yet time to decide who the VVD deputy prime minister would be. He nevertheless agreed with Verdonk that he would lead the party from Parliament.

VVD Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm said it was "not such a crazy idea" that the party's number two be appointed deputy prime minister.

However, he also said that Rutte would make the final decision.

Meanwhile, Verdonk has also indicated she is eyeing up possible ministerial portfolios, such as transport, education, healthcare or justice.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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