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Social affairs minister Kamp to start cabinet formation process

Thursday 13 September 2012


Henk Kamp, currently caretaker social affairs minister, has been given the task of making preparations to start the formation of a new coalition government, following yesterday’s election.

Kamp, a minister for the right-wing Liberals who won 41 seats in the poll, will lead talks with the leaders of all parties represented in the new parliament with the aim of appointing an informateur – who will lead the negotiations to put together a new alliance.

Kamp's job was previously done by queen Beatrix, but earlier this year parliament voted to remove the monarch from the formation process.

Financieele Dagblad correspondent Leon Willems points out that Kamp is a good choice as middle man because as minister he is at home in all the issues where the VVD and PvdA disagree, such as social security, redundancy law and pensions.

Parliamentary chairwoman Gerdi Verbeet held individual talks with the various party leaders on Thursday afternoon, including Henk Krol of 50+, a new party which won two seats in the election.


Labour leader Diederik Samsom after the talks. Photo: WFA

Both VVD leader Mark Rutte and Labour’s Diederik Samsom declined to give any firm details to reporters after leaving the meeting. Rutte said he would keep ‘radio silence’.

Third party

The narrow win over Labour in the general election means the VVD and the social democrats will almost certainly be forced to join forces in the next government, possibly with a third or fourth party to bridge the gap between left and right.

Alexander Pechtold, leader of the Liberal democrats D66, which is tipped as a likely third party, told reporters his party would be prepared to play a role in the next government if necessary.

MPs will debate the formation process next Thursday after the new MPs are formally installed, when Kamp will also report back on the progress so far.

How long do you think the formation will take? Have your say using the comment form below.

The need for speed

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Readers' Comments

With D'66 and CDA joining the formation, both leading parties have a natural ally in place. On top of that they will have a vast majority in both Lower and Upper house.

By Jaap J.M. Vos | 13 September 2012 5:12 PM

With four parties, nothing gets done: stalemate is achieved as easily as just having two parties. A third party only, in the 'centre' of both parties, would be the most efficient way to get things done, so long as they stayed free of secret-handshake deals and remained true to their election promises.

In addition, Jaap, the CDA are not the people's choice anymore, scoring their worst post-war election results.

By osita | 13 September 2012 6:05 PM

@ highlander: I'm sorry too..

I think we will all be much happier if A, they don't waste time sorting out who gets the biggest slice of the chocolate cake and B, concentrate on working more for us & not wasting time on stupid coffee shop passes & unnecessary 1984 agenda!!

Let's just hope that they are honest..

(Wishful thinking.)

PS: Democracy for the next 4 years has finished, tea break finished folks, back on your heads again until 2016 :P!)

By The visitor | 13 September 2012 6:40 PM

I'm very happy to see the monarchy not a part of this process. Let's face it, they did not do such a good job in the last election, with the obvious result of a failed coalition (or whatever one calls that last mess).

By Quest | 13 September 2012 11:07 PM

A vast majority for what ? They agree on so little.

By Philippe | 14 September 2012 8:14 AM

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