Minister for Health, Hugo de Jonge, becomes leader of CDA party

Minister for Health, Hugo de Jonge, is now the leader of the CDA party. He won by a small margin against Pieter Omtzigt. 

Minister de Jonge has been one of the most recognisable faces in Dutch politics in recent weeks, as he has served as Minister for Health during the coronavirus crisis. The CDA has been looking for a new leader since May, when party leader Sybrand Buma became Mayor of Leeuwarden.

MP Pieter Heerma then became chairman of the group, but announced that he did not want to become its leader. This morning, he announced the results of the leadership election. Minister de Jonge got 50.7% of the vote, while Pieter Omtzigt got 49.3%.

It was expected that De Jonge would have an easy victory, after Minister for Finance Wopke Hoekstra decided not to run. However, Omtzigt’s efforts made the race exciting, De Jonge said. “Incredibly exciting. So close together.” He said he was really impressed with Omtzigt’s efforts. “We are going to do this together.”

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Feature Image: Abuzer van Leeuwen/Supplied. 

Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.

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