CDA party chairman thinks Hoekstra can stay on as leader

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CDA party chairman thinks Hoekstra can stay on as leader

Wopke Hoekstra can stay on as leader of the CDA, says national party chairman Hans Huibers. The Christian Democrats lost a lot in last week’s provincial elections. Then the question was asked whether Hoekstra is the right man to pull the CDA out of the doldrums. Hoekstra himself thinks that the poor election result for his party does not call for his departure.

Wopke Hoekstra can stay on as leader of the CDA, says national party chairman Hans Huibers. The Christian Democrats lost a lot in last week’s provincial elections. Then the question was asked whether Hoekstra is the right man to pull the CDA out of the doldrums. Hoekstra himself thinks that the poor election result for his party does not call for his departure. (ANP / REMKO DE WAAL)

He has also not considered resigning and from the support of ‘a lot of people on the phone’ concludes that his party would rather not see him go either, Hoekstra says after consultation with the foreign ministers of the other EU countries in Brussels.

Two days after the ballot box defeat, the CDA party leadership already held digital emergency consultations, but has not made any announcements about this. Tuesday evening there is another meeting. Then the party leadership, the provincial department chairmen and the leaders of the CDJA, the women’s and senior network, will meet to discuss the result, said the party spokesperson. He did not want to say where that crisis meeting is.

Position not at stake

The position of Hoekstra, who has been at the helm of the CDA since December 2020, is not at stake in the consultations, party chairman Huibers said on Monday. According to the NOS, the parliamentary party has also supported Hoekstra. The group would have discussed this on Monday.

During the elections for the Provincial Council, a large part of the CDA supporters in the countryside switched to the BBB. The CDA lost in all but two municipalities. In the States, the party is almost halved. According to the forecast, she will be reduced from nine to five seats in the Senate.

National leaders arouse annoyance

The Drenthe CDA party chairman Robert Kleine has been annoyed by the national leaders who dominated the provincial elections. According to him, this is partly the reason why the CDA has lost so heavily. He does not want to answer the question of how the CDA should proceed and whether Hoekstra should leave.

The Maastricht CDA party leader Gabriëlle Heine, who has been critical of her party on Twitter, among other things, thinks that Tuesday’s crisis meeting is mainly intended to let off steam. As far as she can gauge, Hoekstra does not have to resign. She does hope, however, that the party leadership and the national board take the criticism of CDA members of the policy and course to heart.

The government’s nitrogen approach is difficult for the CDA. Something will have to change about that, is heard within the party. Last year Hoekstra already sharpened the discussion about this within the cabinet by saying that the nitrogen deadline of 2030 is ‘not sacred’ to him.


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