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New scouts Van Ark and Koolmees will talk to party leaders again | NOW

The new scouts, outgoing ministers Tamara van Ark (VVD) and Wouter Koolmees (D66), are again talking to all seventeen group chairmen. The successors of scouts Annemarie Jorritsma (VVD) and Kajsa Ollongren (D66), who left on Thursday, say they want to make a new start on Thursday evening.

Jorritsma and Ollongren left earlier on Thursday, after Ollongren had been photographed with a visible A4 sheet showing sensitive information about the formation.

“What happened today is really unpleasant,” says Van Ark. “We have also seen the reactions of group chairmen and that is also the reason why we would like to invite them all to talk about this and make a new start,” said the minister.

Koolmees also calls the leakage of the note “very annoying”. He therefore likes to start with a “clean slate”.

The new scouts want to start talks with the group chairmen of the seventeen elected parties in the Lower House on Friday. Because Friday is also the Council of Ministers and several party leaders are in quarantine, those talks will continue next week.

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The duo intends to let Chamber President Khadija Arib know what the new schedule will be on Tuesday. Van Ark and Koolmees cannot yet say whether they have the same ambition as Jorritsma and Ollongren to have a coalition agreement before the summer. “We are going to finish the reconnaissance round first,” said Koolmees.

Note leaked after Ollongren took off headlong

Initially, talks between Ollongren and Jorritsma and party leaders Mark Rutte (VVD) and Sigrid Kaag (D66) were scheduled on Thursday. That was called off at the last minute after Ollongren tested positive for corona.

When she rushed home from the House of Representatives, the now infamous photo of her was taken with the document.

Among the notes was a note on CDA MP Pieter Omtzigt: “Position Omtzigt, function elsewhere.” The position of CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra was also discussed. In addition, the notes stated that “left-wing parties do not really hold each other”.

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Following the leaked note, Hoekstra said that confidence in the formation has been damaged. “It’s up to the new explorers to restore that confidence.”

From discussions with the new party leaders, Arib concluded on Thursday that the new explorers Van Ark and Koolmees can count on broad support in the House of Representatives.

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