Queen Beatrix receives leaders of small parties

7th September 2010, Comments 0 comments


Queen Beatrix will today meet with the leaders of the Socialist Party, the democrat party D66, the Green Left, the Christian Union, the orthodox Christian party SGP and the Animal Rights Party to discuss developments in the cabinet formation talks.


On Monday, the queen met with the leaders of the big four: the conservative VVD, the Labour Party PvdA, the Freedom Party PVV and the Christian Democrat party CDA. A parliamentary majority - including the VVD, PVV and CDA - has advised the queen to ask VVD leader Mark Rutte to draw up a draft coalition agreement. PvdA leader Job Cohen believes he and Mr Rutte should jointly draft the agreement, but the VVD, PVV and CDA have rejected his idea.


After today’s meetings at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, parliament will hold a debate with former coalition talks leader Ivo Opstelten about the failure of his attempts to form a right-wing cabinet.

PVV leader Geert Wilders withdrew from the talks on Friday because he no longer believed all 21 CDA MPs would eventually support the proposed coalition between VVD and CDA, which was to be supported in parliament by the PVV. The intended coalition would have had no more than a one-seat majority in parliament. One or two CDA dissidents would have sufficed to create an unworkable situation.


The queen is expected to take a decision on how to proceed with the formation of a new cabinet after today's parliamentary debate.






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