After 208 days, 4 Dutch parties agree on govt coalition

By on October 9, 2017


Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to officially unveil the program on Tuesday along with the leaders of the Christian Democrats (Photo by Required attribution text: Fotograaf Nick van Ormondt, Attribution)
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to officially unveil the program on Tuesday along with the leaders of the Christian Democrats
(Photo by Required attribution text: Fotograaf Nick van Ormondt, Attribution)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands— The leaders of four Dutch parties negotiating to form the next government have agreed on a draft program for a new centre-right coalition after 208 days of negotiations.

The leaders left the negotiating table late Monday morning to present the plan to their parties’ lawmakers, who could still suggest minor amendments.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to officially unveil the program on Tuesday along with the leaders of the Christian Democrats, the centrist D66 party and a faith-based party, the Christian Union.

Following a national election on March 15, the coalition will have a narrow one-seat majority in the lower house of the Dutch parliament.