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Dutch government sworn in


The new government in the Netherlands has been sworn in at the Hague. Queen Beatrix asked Christian Democrat Jan Peter Balkenende to head the centre left coalition.

It is his fourth time in the job, having been prime minister since 2002.

Labour’s Wouter Bos is one of two deputy prime-ministers. He also takes the financial portfolio and the conservative Christian Unionist Andre Rouvoet, who is Family and Youth Minister, becomes second deputy.

The so-called Grand Coalition between Christian parties and Labour has proved the most popular form of government in the Netherlands since the Second World War.

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