Wednesday 24 May 2017

Dutch coalition-building process under way following poll

Mark Rutte said the coalition could include four parties (AP)
Mark Rutte said the coalition could include four parties (AP)

An initial round of talks over possible Dutch ruling coalitions has started in parliament following last week's elections.

Edith Schippers, health minister in Prime Minister Mark Rutte's previous coalition, has begun one-on-one discussions with party leaders about their preferences for the next cabinet.

Analysts say the splintered Dutch political landscape - with 13 parties winning seats in the 150-seat lower house - will likely lead to a long and complicated cabinet formation.

Mr Rutte's party won the most seats and is therefore most likely to lead the next government.

He told reporters that he wants a "stable majority cabinet", meaning a coalition of at least four different parties.

Newly-elected MPs will debate the election result on Thursday.

Press Association

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