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Queen no longer involved in forming a coalition government

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Queen Beatrix will no longer be involved in the formation of a new cabinet following a vote in parliament on Monday evening.

A large majority of MPs voted for the change which means in future parliamentarians will first debate a general election result and then decide who should negotiate between the parties, reports news agency ANP.

He or she will hold talks with the party leaders and report back to parliament which will then debate the next step.

The move follows rumblings among MPs that queen Beatrix went too far during the last cabinet formation in 2010. It is alleged she made every effort to keep the anti-immigration PVV out of the deal-making process.

Reactions among MPs have varied. Green party GroenLinks says it is good for democracy while right-wing liberals VVD and Christian fundamentalists ChristenUnie disagree. 'The anti-monarchists have cooperated on a bad idea,' ChristenUnie leader Arie Slob told ANP.

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Readers' comments (10)

Er? If the Queen can't step in when its necessary why does the Netherlands still have a monarchy? Its a safety net, to prevent crazy people like Gert Wilders from making rediculous racist/ human rights breaching/ archaic laws.

By Sarah | March 20, 2012 10:11 AM

"It is alleged she made every effort to keep the anti-immigration PVV out of the deal-making process."

And for very good reasons, too! I say BRAVO the Queen for being one with foresight and a discerning eye!!

By poeliewoepsie | March 20, 2012 10:41 AM

The Queen who is the "Head of State" in the Netherlands should have an advisory position within the parliment process and be there as a referee in the event of any disputes between the political parties. I think it is a sad day for the Netherlands in general.

By P. O'Donnell | March 20, 2012 11:46 AM

One more step towards freeing ourselves of the tyranny of a hereditary monarchy. Hooray!

By Sterling Archer | March 20, 2012 12:05 PM

Yeah, because keeping racist bigots out of the government is a bad thing.

By Geuzen76 | March 20, 2012 3:04 PM

Having a constitutional monarch who has a wealth of experience and a less narrow view than politicians should be welcomed. She was right to be concerned about the divisive nature of the PVV, and perhaps she does hold the interests of her country better than the self seekers we seem to get in government at the moment. Quite poignant when you hear what Queen Elizabeth said today about her role and how most of her prime ministers respect her advice. The vote is another failure of protection for all the nation.

By simon | March 20, 2012 4:56 PM

No queen anywhere should have any say on any political issue. If it suits the royal family to have the PVV in power, then they will get it. Old money and fascists still make most of the decisions in European politics - don't fool yourself Sarah, the royal family are well-worn and well-connected plutocrats, a breed that rarely has the aspirations of commoners in mind. (History! History!) Capital protects itself in all possible ways, especially old money. All that is happening is that the consultations will take place in extreme secrecy - in the toilets at a state banquet maybe?

By MarkP | March 20, 2012 5:13 PM

I don't think the end ("keeping party xyz away from the government") justify the means ("hereditary ruler mingling with politics").

At most, the Queen role should be strictly pro-forma, decorative, not an active one when it comes to politics and cabinets

By Andre L. | March 21, 2012 1:14 PM

Another great tradition down the drain, if we keep going soon we will have none left then what?

By Phil | March 22, 2012 7:01 AM

Yikes! And out the window goes INTEGRITY! Which politicians are well reknown for having NONE.

With out Her Majesty being the embodiment of INEGRITY itself, the dutch government could eventually become even more inapt to serve and protect Her Majesty's subjects.
Leading towards more discrimination,exploitation of the human being and furthering the abuse of a prerogative position by the government.

Say Good bye to all the traits Her Majesty ensures to Her people deserving of concern, consideration and respect as human beings.

By Jennifer | March 28, 2012 7:14 PM

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