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Scout Intending To Sound Out Coalition Resigns Amid Fraud Links


Senator Gom van Strien has resigned as parliamentary 'scout', the individual tasked with making initial inquiries with party leaders about the potential formation of a coalition gov't following elections. Media reportsover the weekend found that van Strien, finance spox for the PVV in the Senate, was linked to a fraud at his former employer Utrecht Holdings.

  • Van Strien, from the right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) released a statementsaying that “This weekend, articles appeared in the media about work in my past, questioning my integrity. In my view, both the unrest that has arisen about this and the preparation of a response to it are not related to my current work as a scout. That is why I, [...] have announced that I will resign from my duties as a scout with immediate effect."
  • Van Strien's resignation is an inauspicious start for the coalition formation process. The talks are likely to drag into weeks and probably months. The scout, who was due to begin his work today, was set to meet with leaders of four large parties to take initial soundings on whether they would be able to form a gov't.
  • At present the momentum appears to be a three-party minority gov't involving the PVV, the centrist New Social Contract (NSC) and the agrarian Farmer-Citizen Movement (BBB) propped up on a confidence and supply agreement with the centre-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).
Chart 1. Netherlands General Election Result, Seats

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