Minister yes, but MP no

Social affairs minister Henk Kamp and his deputy Paul de Krom, justice minister Ivo Opstelten, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal and transport minister Melanie Schultz are not standing for parliament in the September 2012 general election.

Dutch ministers do not have to be elected parliamentarians and the five have decided not to be included on the list of candidates, party chairman Benk Korthals said on Wednesday.
The VVD is currently drawing up its list which will include health minister Edith Schippers among others, the Volkskrant reported. All party candidate lists have to be finalised by June 29.

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