Netherlands: Four parties agree on government formation under Mark Rutte

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Nine months after the parliamentary elections, four parties reached an agreement to form a coalition government in the Netherlands, paving the way for Mark Rutte to remain prime minister for another term, the fourth since 2010.

Negotiations began shortly after the parliamentary elections in mid-March. At the end of October, the country broke its previous record of 225 days without an elected government.

Four parties, the outgoing prime minister’s center-right VVD, the center-left D66, the center-right CDA and the conservative Christian Union, took part in the negotiations. “Our intention is to present our final report on the coalition agreement on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 15,” said Johan Remkes and Butter Kulmes, the negotiators, in a letter to parliament.

The marathon consultations were to be completed tonight, so that each party could present the agreement to its MPs tomorrow, Tuesday, with the possibility of delaying its implementation being open.

Mark Rutte, the prime minister since October 2010, has been in office for almost a year now, following a scandal involving family allowances. However, he remains in office and manages current issues.

The next government will face a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic that has forced the country to impose new restrictions, unpopular measures that led to riots in November. It is also expected to announce billions of euros in investment to tackle climate change, homelessness and nuclear power research, as well as toll expansion, according to public television NOS.

Zigrid Kaag, the leader of the D66 party that came second in the election, is expected to take over the Foreign Ministry. The current Minister of Health, Hugo de Jongge, will not remain in this position and tomorrow, regular information about the pandemic, on Rutte’s side, will probably be his last.

Source: AMPE

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Source From: Capital

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