Verdonk will not set up new party – NOS

Media speculation as to the political future of former free-market Liberal VVD minister Rita Verdonk was rife at the end of Monday afternoon.

Public broadcaster NOS reported that Verdonk sees no reason to set up a new party at present and would continue as a one-woman faction in the lower chamber and wants to keep her party membership.
According to NOS, Verdonk feels obliged to continue as an MP because of those who voted for her. She received more than 600,000 personal voted in the last general election.
The VVD party executive will discuss in the coming days whether Verdonk can remain a party member, said NOS.
Verdonk was ousted from the parliamentary party last week following renewed criticism of the party leadership.
Several news websites reported late on Monday afternoon that Verdonk has decided to remain in parliament.
Verdonk is expected to announce her decision at around 6.20pm on the news programme EĆ©nVandaag.

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