Christian Democrat MPs meet to approve coalition deal

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The 21 MPs of the Christian Democrat party CDA are currently meeting to discuss final approval of the coalition agreement which will create a minority government with the conservative VVD supported in parliament by Geert Wilders' anti-Islamic Freedom Party.

CDA leader Maxime Verhagen was upbeat about the meeting which he said would "set out a position that will enable us to go forward". Other senior party figures were also optimistic.

The meeting of the parliamentary party was delayed by an hour to allow talks between the acting party chairman Henk Bleker and dissident MPs Ad Koppejan and Kathleen Ferrier.

A compromise was reached in which they agreed not to block the minority coalition but to continue as CDA MPs and "represent" the 32 percent of party members who are oppose any collaboration with Geert Wilders and voted against the agreement at the special CDA congress on Saturday.

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