New The Hague coalition again excludes Hart voor Den Haag

Richard de Mos campaigning in The Hague in 2022. Photo:

Three months after the collapse of The Hague’s ruling coalition, a new alliance has been put together which again sidelines Hart voor Den Haag, the biggest party in the 2022 local election vote.

Six parties – D66, GroenLinks, PvdA, CDA, Partij voor de Dieren and Denk – have signed up for the alliance, according to local broadcaster Omroep West.

The coalition broke up at the end of June after the VVD pulled out because they were unhappy at the way GroenLinks and the PvdA were dealing with the issue of Hart voor Den Haag.

HvdH took the largest share of the vote and nine seats in last year’s local elections, but were excluded from the coalition negotiations because founder Richard de Mos and his colleague Rachid Guernaoui were on trial for corruption.

After the pair were acquitted on all charges in April at the end of a four-year trial, De Mos called on the ruling parties to hold talks to allow HvdH to join the council executive.

While some parties were in favour, GroenLinks and the PvdA refused to do so.

The coalition agreement and two new policy chiefs representing Denk and the PvdD, will be presented on October 2.

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