Jul 10, 2023 at 12:36 Update: 11 minutes ago
After party leader Wopke Hoekstra, party chairman and CDA prominent Pieter Heerma has also announced that he is no longer eligible for election in the next parliamentary elections.
“It’s time for a new generation,” says Heerma. He says that it is customary in the CDA to leave as a member of parliament after three terms. According to him, there are “incredibly talented young people” in the group who can take over from him.
Heerma has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2012. He was previously press officer and secretary of the group. Since 2019 he has been – with a short break – chairman of the now fourteen-member group.
Earlier in the day, CDA party leader Wopke Hoekstra also announced that he would not be available as party leader again. He feels “more of an administrator than a professional politician”. He said that three years ago, when the party made an emphatic appeal to him to lead the party after Hugo de Jonge resigned.
De Jonge, now outgoing minister of Housing, said on Op1 on Saturday evening that he also does not want to be on the list. He called that “not logical”.
It is now up to the party to choose a new party leader. They will also have to campaign in the coming months and can expect fierce competition from the BBB.
The CDA must do everything possible to get out of the doldrums again. The party lost in the parliamentary elections in 2021 and did not do very well in the recent provincial elections.
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