The entire executive board of the right-wing Liberal party (VVD) is to offer to step down in May, following a decision by party chairman Jan van Zanen to quit.
Van Zanen says he is leaving the post early because of the effect the job has had on his private life. The rest of the party’s board members say they will tender their resignations to allow the new chairperson to pick his or her own team.
The VVD has gone through a turbulent period in recent years. It has had to deal with problems such as the row about the passport of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the decision to expel right-winger Rita Verdonk. The party has also slumped in the polls.
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