MUSLIMS CALL HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II A SWORN ENEMY OF ISLAM, IMAGINE WHAT THEY’LL HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS??
Dutch Queen approves new government backed by anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders
- From: AFP
- October 08, 2010 10:34AM
Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders in to answer charges of inciting hate against the Netherlands’ Muslim minority. Picture: AP Source: AP
DUTCH Queen Beatrix has cleared the leader of the rightist, pro-business VVD party, Mark Rutte, to form a minority cabinet backed by anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders.
“The Queen asked me to take charge of forming a cabinet” of the VVD and the Christian Democratic CDA, Mr Rutte told journalists after meeting the monarch at her palace in The Hague. “I gladly agreed.”
Under a deal finalised a week ago, the controversial Mr Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) will remain outside of government.
But, in exchange for a say in policy making, it will provide the support that the minority VVD-CDA coalition needs to pass decisions in parliament.
Mr Wilders, who campaigns for a ban on the burqa and an end to Muslim immigration, went on trial in Amsterdam on Monday on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.
Mr Rutte, the first premier of a Dutch party that labels itself liberal since 1918, said he intended presenting a cabinet comprising six ministers and four deputies each for the VVD and CDA by next Thursday.
Mr Rutte’s VVD narrowly won the June poll with 31 out of 150 seats in parliament, while Mr Wilders’ PVV was the biggest climber: it increased its support from nine to 24 seats to come third.
The CDA, which has been in nearly all governments since World War II, saw its presence dwindle from 41 to 21 seats.
The last government, a CDA-led coalition under premier Jan Peter Balkenende, fell in February in a dispute over continued military support to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
The parliamentary caucus of the CDA, deeply divided over cooperation with Mr Wilders, finally gave the government deal the go-ahead on Tuesday after much internal wrangling.
Mr Wilders, 47, risks up to a year in jail or a 7600-euro fine if convicted for describing Islam as “fascist” and its holy book, the Koran, as “the Islamic Mein Kampf”.
On a mission to “stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands”, he announced last week that the government accord would lead to a ban of the burqa and halve immigration.