With videoThe country’s most important political question has finally been answered: Pieter Omtzigt will set up his own party and participate in the parliamentary elections on 22 November. Under the name New Social Contract, he and his party are on the ballot paper.
There is not yet a list of candidates, but a substantive program is. It is typical of Omtzigt, who advocates a substantive election campaign. As far as he is concerned, the discussions are about how major problems in the country should be solved. So that it is clear in the formation what all parties stand for.
He announces his plans in an exclusive interview with Tubantia. At his request in Enschede, the city where he lives. “I feel at home here, so I want to apply from here.”
Since the fall of the cabinet, it has been the most frequently asked question at talk show tables and in newspapers, what will Pieter Omtzigt do? He didn’t have the answer to that question at the time. Now the bullet is through the church. On Saturday morning he officially founded his New Social Contract party at the notary.
’46 seats? Irresponsible’
He’s going to take the plunge. But preferably in what he calls “a form of responsible growth.” Polls predict that Omtzigt could win as many as 46 seats when participating in the elections. An irresponsibly high number, he thinks, referring to past experiences with LPF and Forum for Democracy. Whether and how he can control himself to keep the number of seats manageable, he will investigate in the coming weeks.
Omtzigt sees a role as party leader for himself. He has no ambition to become prime minister, should his party become the largest. The Enschede resident feels at home in the House of Representatives, in which he has been a member for almost twenty years.
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