Gelderland second province to form provincial government

Farmers' party BBB is the largest faction in all 12 provincial assemblies. Photo:

Gelderland has become the second province of the 12 Dutch provinces to achieve an accord with the pro-farmers party BBB, in the wake of the March 15 provincial government elections.

Last week, Limburg was the first to reach an accord, after three months of deliberations.

The Gelderland coalition is made up of the pro-farmers party BBB, right-wing liberal VVD, Christian Democrats, minor Christian party ChristenUnie and fundamentalist Christian party SGP.

Together, the coalition parties control 30 of the 55 seats on the provincial council. Details of the accord will be presented on Wednesday.

The BBB emerged as the biggest party in every province but its position on cutting nitrogen emissions and closing farms – key tasks for the provincial councils – has had an impact on its role in forming regional governments.

In May, the BBB dropped out of talks to form a provincial government in Utrecht after a proposed seven-party coalition fell apart in less than a day.

But the party is likely to be included in the Noord Holland coalition, alongside environmentalist party GroenLinks.

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