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Ab Klink quits parliament – resignation immediate

Monday 06 September 2010

Christian Democrat MP Ab Klink, whose opposition to an alliance with the anti-Islam PVV precipitated the collapse of talks on forming a right-wing government, has resigned as an MP.

'The events of the past week have created an unworkable position for me within the CDA MP group,' Klink said. That meant the basis for working together had been damaged and he could no longer do his job properly, Klink said.

He will remain a member of the CDA.

A letter to party leader Maxime Verhagen, in which Klink outlined his objections to working together with the PVV, proved to be the final blow to the right-wing alliance. Geert Wilders pulled the plug on the talks on Friday, saying he could not count on full CDA support.

Klink, regarded as an intellectual, had been seen as a future party leader. He won his parliamentary seat at the June general election and is also caretaker health minister. He will continue in that role until a new government has been formed.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I don't understand resigning as an MP but staying CDA. Two possible cabinets are within one vote. Being an MP is super powerful right now. Why do the drama and resign, but then stay in the CDA?

By Rob | 6 September 2010 4:14 PM

We need people like him, who are not afraid to stand up for their ideals. Some people do still have ideals. He should be rewarded for stating the obvious, not removed from active participation.

By Sydney Russell | 6 September 2010 7:48 PM

Here in America we are reminded that we enjoy freedom of religion as a constitutional guarantee, and that Muslims have always been part of the American landscape. You might think that Muslims were among our founding fathers. They weren't.
The truth no one will dare speak is that the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion is not absolute. Obviously child sacrifice is unacceptable as were David Koresh and Jim Jones.
Islam, contrary to all the sentimentalism, is diametrically opposed to the principles we hold dearest, such as freedom of religion to name one.

By Ron Slade Sr. | 7 September 2010 3:28 AM

Ron, why does it always have to be brought back to discussing Islam over and over again.

Islam opposed to principles you hold dearest!!! you obviously know a lot about it...go read the Quran and the sentence "No compulsion in Religion" may shock you.

Stop listening to the those who have hijacked the religion either to vilify it or badmouth it.

As for Ab Klink, I totally respect a man who does not sacrifice his principles for his party's good, good luck to him. I hope he gets elected prime minister...:-)

By Saladin | 7 September 2010 12:05 PM


Both Christians and Muslims believe the other will go to hell for following a false god. Neither will actively prevent the other from doing that. What are you talking about?

By mark | 7 September 2010 12:34 PM

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