Speculation heats up over ministers

The political division of ministerial posts in the new government has been agreed by the three parties forming the coalition, reports ANP. The Christian Democrats are expected to get full eight ministerial posts, Labour six and the ChristenUnie two.

It is more or less certain that the current CDA prime minister Jan Pieter Balkenende will keep his job, while Labour leader Wouter Bos has been tipped to become finance minister.
Meanwhile Wouter van Dieren, director of an independent environmental consultancy bureau in Amsterdam (IMSA), told BNR Nieuwsradio last night he had heard rumours that the new cabinet will also appoint a ‘super minister’ for energy and climate.
Van Dieren said a number of possible candidates for the job have been named including the current environment minister Pieter van Geel and Jacqueline Cramer, the Labour member of the government’s influential socio-economic council (SER).
There is also speculation that two other ‘super ministers’ will be appointed with responsibility for two key areas – one for inner cities and integration and the other for youth and unemployment.

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