Eleanore described the original set up, but things have changed since. Yes the King will meet with all the people she described but it will be the Second Chamber itself who will have a debate about what the next step in the formation will be. As it is going to be a coalition they will have to either give one party the option of exploring various possible coalitions or there will be a vote to explore one particular coalition. After the outcome of the Chamber's vote will the King appoint one or more informateur(s). If the formation process is successful the King will appoint the future Prime Minister as formateur with the duty to form a government. The future PM will discuss with the various parties who will become the new members of the cabinet. In the Dutch government the PM is the chair of the council of ministers but does not have the authority or legal power to hire and sack people.
: Thank you for this thorough explanation,
: This may be drifting off topic, but one
: question springs to mind: You write that
: "the King will speak with his advisors,
: including the vice-president of the Council
: of State, the chairmen of the First and
: Second Chamber and perhaps one of two
: retired politicians/ Ministers of State.
: Is it already known by day three who will be
: Vice president of the Council of State and
: chairmen of the Cambers, or is it the
: outgoing members of parliament you refer to?
: --Previous Message--
: The day after the election, the King will
: speak with all leaders of political parties
: that have gained a place in parliament.
: As there is a record number of parties
: participating, it may be possible that the
: King will need more than one day to talk
: with all leaders.
: They will tell him what they want, what they
: see as a possibility. The King starts with
: the smallest party/ parties first by the
: After all these meetings, the King will
: speak with his advisors, including the
: vice-president of the Council of State, the
: chairmen of the First and Second Chamber and
: perhaps one of two retired politicians/
: Ministers of State.
: He will then appoint an 'informateur'
: someone who will speak with the leaders of
: the political parties in more detail.
: The informateur is almost always a retired
: politician, like a former prime-minister or
: deputy prime-minister.
: The informateur will come to his conclusion
: about what coalitions are possible, and
: these possibilities will not include the PVV
: of Geert Wilders because 1. no other party
: wants to work with him and 2. he is not
: interested in governing himself as that
: would include making compromises and taking
: The Second Chamber will then appoint a
: formateur, often the political leader of the
: biggest party in the envisioned coalition.
: He will talk with the other parties in that
: (possible) future coalition and they will
: come up with a 'regeerakkoord' (government
: agreement). That is essentially the
: wheeling-and-dealing document where one
: party gives up point A in return for point B
: The appointment of the formateur is no
: longer a royal prerogative, the Second
: Chamber decided to take that into their own
: hands. However, if it proves too difficult
: (for example after two or three formation
: negotiations will fail...not unlikely with
: the diverse political landscape where a
: coalition probably requires four or even
: five parties to gain a majority), the Second
: Chamber may decide to pass the hot potato to
: the King.
: If they do, you can be sure that the King
: will ensure that he is not seen as in any
: way partisan in the political debate so he
: will give Wilders time to explore, if
: Wilders want it.
: --Previous Message--
: I hope that this does not become a political
: discussion, but I have a question about the
: King's role in the aftermath of the coming
: My understanding is that the King must offer
: the leader of the party which wins the most
: seats the first opportunity to form a
: government. In the current context, however,
: it seems that there is a possibility that
: the party which wins the most seats may be
: one with which all of the other parties have
: already vowed not to enter into a coalition.
: If that is the result, does HM still offer
: that party's leader (Mr. Wilders) the
: mandate to form a new government, or does
: the King have discretion to ask someone else
: who might have a better chance at forming a
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