PVV leader Geert Wilders has called for former Labour party minister Ronald Plasterk to head talks between four parties to try to form a right-wing government.
Plasterk, who conducted the initial round of canvassing talks to identify possible coalitions, said in his report on Monday that a combination of the PVV, the right-wing liberal VVD, Pieter Omtzigt’s NSC and the farmers’ party BBB, was the only viable option.
He also said the parties should first establish their positions on the constitution, where Omtzigt has serious concerns about Wilders’s policies on “de-Islamisation” and international law, before negotiating on the issues.
Wilders told a debate in parliament on the scouting report that the PVV would take part in the talks in a “responsible and reasonable” way.
He proposed Plasterk for the role of informateur, the person who chairs the second stage of negotiations to form a cabinet. Until 2012 the informateur was appointed by the monarch, but since then they have reported to the chair of parliament.
Plasterk’s appointment is almost certain to be endorsed by parliament, where the four parties have a comfortable majority.
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