“Centre-right cabinet is possible”, Omtzigt keeps options open

NSC campaign leader Pieter Omtzigt during the debate. Photo: Vincent Jannink ANP

Pieter Omtzigt, leader of new party NSC has said that a centre-right cabinet would be an option for the next government after the November 22 general election.

A six-party coalition with the VVD, BBB, CDA, SGP and JA21 would reach 76 seats out of 150 according to the latest polls. But a minority cabinet with the VVD and BB would also be an option, he said during an interview at Twente University.

Asked why he was so keen on a minority cabinet, Omtzigt said that many party leaders consider parliament to be a hindrance. “You make agreements in the prime minister’s office and then force it through the chamber… and that needs to be done differently.

Later Omtzigt nuanced his stand, saying on social media that a whole range of different coalitions are an option.

“We will wait for the results and check in which coalition we will be able to realise the largest part of our programme,” he said. “The key points are good governance; financial security for families, limits to migration, and house building.”

The NSC and right-wing Liberal VVD are currently running neck and neck in the polls, with the GroenLinks/PvdA alliance marginally behind.

Omtzigt has not yet said if he would be willing to be prime minister if his party is the largest after the vote.

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