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The Netherlands appeared to be heading towards talks to form a minority coalition after efforts to reconstitute a five-party cabinet from all political backgrounds failed on Tuesday.

More than five months after a general election left the Dutch political landscape fragmented, two key parties have said they do not want to form a new government with a pair of left-wing parties.

The decision by the conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy of interim Prime Minister Mark Rutte, known by his Dutch acronym VVD, and Christian Democrats CDA came after months of talks between party leaders and an official who tries to tinker with the Netherlands. next ruling coalition.

Jesse Klaver, leader of the Green Left party, said Rutte’s refusal to speak “was not in the Dutch tradition” of multi-party coalition negotiations.

“Democracy is the loser today,” he said.

Klaver’s Greens had agreed to form a bloc in a new cabinet with the Labor Party, but Rutte rejected the idea, apparently fearing that a five-party cabinet would lead to an unstable government.

“It’s a real shame,” Labor leader Lilianne Ploumen said. “I would have liked to negotiate with the VVD and the CDA to, for example, increase the minimum wage.

Rutte, who has headed an interim administration with limited powers since the March 17 elections, said he would contact left-wing parties on issues such as climate change, broadcasts and education, “but… not in a party to five Cabinet. “

Rutte served three terms as Dutch prime minister and could become the country’s longest-serving ruler if he heads the next government.

Sigrid Kaag, leader of the centrist party D66 which became the second party after the elections, said it was now up to Rutte “to find a way out of this impasse”.

Talks to form the next Dutch government are expected to continue for weeks.

The anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders did not want to wait for more negotiations and called in a tweet for a new election.

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