Verdonk to decide on party next year

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18 September 2007, AMSTERDAM - Rita Verdonk will decide next year whether she will set up her own party. "I've always said that this cabinet will not last longer than two years and will fall next year. If I decide to do something, that's when I'll start," Verdonk explained on the television programme Pauw & Witteman on Monday evening. The politician was expelled from the liberal VVD faction in Parliament on Friday.

18 September 2007

AMSTERDAM - Rita Verdonk will decide next year whether she will set up her own party. "I've always said that this cabinet will not last longer than two years and will fall next year. If I decide to do something, that's when I'll start," Verdonk explained on the television programme Pauw & Witteman on Monday evening. The politician was expelled from the liberal VVD faction in Parliament on Friday.

She also reported on the television programme that one of the VVD's honorary members had offered her the mayorship of Rotterdam. Verdonk also said on Monday she would be staying on in Parliament as a one-woman faction, but would not be setting up a new party at this point.

The liberal said that she would have liked to have been invited to the party conference this weekend. "It was largely about me. I would have appreciated it if I had been able to answer what was being said about me," Verdonk said.

VVD faction leader Mark Rutte said that the politician must leave the party if she wishes to remain in Parliament. The party executive is considering Verdonk's decision. Verdonk wants to continue as 'Member Verdonk.' One of the liberal's action points as a one-person faction will be combating the problem of traffic congestion.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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