Cabinet collapse jeopardises tank sale

The sale of some 80 unwanted Leopard tanks to Indonesia has been put in jeopardy by the collapse of the cabinet, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

A deal on the sale of surplus defence ministry equipment had been agreed but foreign minister Uri Rosenthal is wary of raising the issue in parliament, the paper says. The minister has to give an export licence for the sale.
According to the NRC, the PVV was prepared to sanction this deal but its support is no longer guaranteed following the collapse of the coalition alliance. Rosenthal hopes Labour will give its backing.
The paper says Indonesia wants an answer on the €200m deal soon because it has an alternative offer from Germany.

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