The emergency consultations followed the electoral defeat suffered by the CDA in last week’s provincial elections. The result also led to questions about the position of leader Wopke Hoekstra, who, according to critics, has not sufficiently highlighted the sound of his party. The BBB with Caroline van der Plas became the big winner of the elections.
According to CDA party chairman Hans Huibers, it is ‘undoubtedly’ clear that Hoekstra can stay on, and also continue to fulfill his role as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Huibers said this last night in the hotel in Utrecht where the crisis meeting took place.
‘No hard requirements for the cabinet’
“Hoekstra has not made any hard demands on the cabinet,” says political reporter Marieke van de Zilver, who was present at the crisis meeting. “He has also not said that he wants to change anything about government policy.” According to Hoekstra, things must be ‘different’, but what that exactly means is the question.
It is no surprise that Hoekstra can stay on. Regional party barons of the CDA already informed RTL News this weekend that Hoekstra’s departure would not be an issue. The cabinet policy does need to be overhauled, but nothing has become clear about that after last night’s crisis consultations.
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