Rightist Dutch parties agree on minority coalition

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 28, 2010 22:53

AMSTERDAM — The leaders of Dutch right-wing parties say they've concluded an agreement for a minority government supported by the anti-Islam party of Geert Wilders.

Mark Rutte, head of the Liberal VVD party, announced the accord with the Christian Democratic Alliance and Wilders' Freedom Party, which will back the government without sitting in the Cabinet.

Together, they control 76 of parliament's 150 seats.

The accord came 3 1/2 months after deadlocked parliamentary elections. Policy details of the alliance were not immediately released.

The accord Tuesday among the party leaders needs approval of the parties' parliament members. Several members of the Christian Democrats have objected to a government that relies on Wilders for its survival.


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