Dutch party vote paves way for right-wing Cabinet

October 2, 2010 18:21


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AMSTERDAM — The Christian Democrat party has voted to cooperate with an anti-Islam party, removing another hurdle to forming a conservative Dutch government.

The Christian Democrats plan to join a minority Cabinet led by the pro-business VVD party, and with tacit support from Geert Wilders' anti-Islam Freedom party.

The trio have announced a blueprint to curtail immigration and make major spending cuts.

At a convention Saturday in Arnhem, a majority of 5,000 members of the party, known as the CDA, voted in favor of a resolution to work with the Freedom Party, but there was significant opposition.

CDA parliament members will make a final decision next week, with two lawmakers possibly still opposed.

Wilders stands trial on Monday for anti-Muslim hate speech.

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