In the Netherlands, the coalition appoints a former intelligence chief to form a government

In the Netherlands, the coalition appoints a former intelligence chief to form a government
In the Netherlands, the coalition appoints a former intelligence chief to form a government

“On the recommendation and with the support of the leaders of the parliamentary coalition… Mr Dick Schoof is willing to be available as future prime minister,” said Richard van Zwol, who is overseeing talks on the formation of a Dutch government .

Geert Wilders had to give up

Big winner of the elections, far-right leader Geert Wilders has given up his dream of becoming prime minister, with at least one of his coalition partners having threatened to torpedo a deal in this case.

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The agreement for a coalition government was reached six months after the elections, between the Party for Freedom (PVV) of Geert Wilders, the pro-farmers party BBB, the liberal party VVD and the new anti-corruption party NSC. In mid-May they presented an agreement defining the broad outlines of the policy to follow in the years to come. The new coalition aims in particular to apply the “strictest” asylum policy that the Netherlands has ever known.

“Above parties”

Geert Wilders said he was “happy and proud” of the nomination of Dick Schoof to form a government. “He has good experience on the right themes. It stands above the parties. He is an independent person who is not a member of any political party,” he said, quoted by public television NOS. Dick Schoof was a member of the PvdA labor party but did not hold any political position in a party.

The idea is for there to be a government before the summer holidays at the beginning of July, public television NOS reported.

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