Finance minister Wopke Hoesktra is the new campaign leader for the Christian Democrats following Hugo de Jonge’s decision to step down in order to focus on the coronavirus crisis.
Hoekstra had been tipped for the leadership role earlier but said this summer that he would not challenge for the job, because he felt that he is more of a manager than a professional politican.
Party members still have to formally approve the appointment but Hoekstra, a former McKinsey consultant and MP since 2011, is the only candidate. Pieter Omtzigt, the popular MP who challenged De Jonge for the leadership role in the summer, has also thrown his weight behind the finance minister.
The CDA has been in search of a new leader since Sybrand Burma left national politics in May last year to become mayor of Leeuwarden.
The general election takes place next March.