Rutte wants to continue: ‘I am militant’

Mark Rutte wants to continue as VVD leader and remains prime minister on behalf of his party, even though his current coalition partner ChristenUnie no longer wants to join him in a new cabinet. “I am militant,” said Rutte NOS and RTL. “That is my feeling today and I will hold on to that.”

He did say that ‘the past days’ did not leave him unmoved. It touches him, says Rutte, especially the phone call from Segers’ so suddenly, out of the blue‘. ,,On Good Friday, that does something to me. ” But he emphasizes that the Netherlands is ‘facing very big problems’. “With corona, and how we rebuild the country together after corona.”

In those negotiations, according to Rutte, the issues that Segers considers important should also be addressed. “Such as power and counterpower, the administrative culture. I myself have radical ideas about this, which I will also contribute to the formation. My party has radical ideas about this. ”

Compete for ideas

The formation must therefore be ‘about the content’. “Reasonable parties negotiate, then make compromises, that’s a battle for ideas. It is a good tradition that the personnel policy, which the parties put forward, is up to the parties themselves. ”

Rutte has ‘full support’ in the VVD, let the party leadership know today. Party chairman Christianne van der Wal and acting party chairman Sophie Hermans acknowledge in a joint statement that mistakes have been made. “The point is that the intentions are sincere. And that people learn from mistakes. That applies to our party and that applies in the first place to Mark Rutte himself. ”

Open visor

They emphasize that Rutte is the man who ‘guided the Netherlands through various major crises for ten years’. “Who operates politically with an open mind and has managed to connect many parties and opinions in solutions for the Netherlands.” Other VVD members also spoke earlier their support for Rutte.

Rutte’s position is under discussion now more and more parties no longer want to talk to him about the formation of a new cabinet. All opposition parties supported the vote of no confidence that was filed in Thursday to Friday night the debate on the Ollongren note. Today, the ChristenUnie, which has been working with Rutte for four years, also announced that it did not want to do this again.

Rutte’s VVD became the largest party with 34 seats, Rutte himself received 1.9 million votes. Forming a coalition is difficult without the VVD, in which case at least seven parties are needed. Rutte himself says that he cannot rule out a position as opposition leader.
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