Friday 07 October 2022

It’s a deal: Labour and Liberal MPs back new coalition plan

The new Dutch cabinet will be an alliance between the right-wing Liberals and the Labour party (PvdA), now MPs from both parties have given their backing to the plans.

The agreement thrashed out between party leaders Mark Rutte and Diederik Samsom and the rest of the negotiating team since the September general election was presented to the parliamentary parties early on Monday afternoon.
The party leaders have also completed their talks with the negotiating team and will report back to parliament later on Monday afternoon.
According to Nos television, the new cabinet’s slogan will be ‘building bridges’. The new cabinet’s strategy for the next four years will be formally presented later on Monday.
Sources say the total package of spending cuts amounts to some €16bn.
With the new ministerial line-up expected to be presented to the queen next week, this will have been the shortest coalition formation process since the 1980s, the Telegraaf says.
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