2012 Christian Democratic Appeal leadership election
The Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) announced a leadership election for the next party leader and Lijsttrekker (top candidate) for the Dutch general election of 2012. The party had not had an official party leader since the resignation of Jan Peter Balkenende.
For the Dutch general election of 2010, Balkenende, for a fourth time as Lijsttrekker, resigned his position as party leader on June 9, 2010, taking political responsibility for the CDA's disappointing results in the election. He remained as Prime Minister of the Netherlands until the new Rutte cabinet was installed on October 14, 2010. After the formation of the 2010 Dutch cabinet, Maxime Verhagen, the unofficial deputy leader of the CDA, and Mark Rutte, party leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), agreed on a coalition with the Party for Freedom (PVV). Verhagen became Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and Deputy Prime Minister in the new Rutte cabinet, but shared the party leadership with Ruth Peetoom, the party chair, and Sybrand van Haersma Buma, the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands.
The coalition was a minority cabinet, but with the support of the Party for Freedom, it had a small majority in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands until 20 March 2012, the day Hero Brinkman left the PVV. Although Brinkman had stated he would continue supporting the minority cabinet as an independent politician, the PVV withdrew its support on 21 April 2012 after negotiations on new austerity measures collapsed. His withdrawal paved the way for early elections.
Candidates were able to participate until May 5. The following CDA members announced their candidacy.
|Candidate||Position(s) at the that time||Former position(s)||Reference|
|Sybrand van Haersma Buma||Parliamentary leader - House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Member of the House of Representatives
|Liesbeth Spies||Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
|Party chair (2010-2011)
Member of the House of Representatives (2002-2010)
|Henk Bleker||State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
|Party chair (2010)|||
|Madeleine van Toorenburg||Member of the House of Representatives
|Mona Keijzer||Alderman in Purmerend|||
Declined to run
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (October 2012)|
The following people, who were speculated to be potential candidates for the leadership election but publicly denied interest, declared that they would not run, or decided to retire from politics.
- Maxime Verhagen
- Jan Kees de Jager
- Marja van Bijsterveldt
- Camiel Eurlings
- Ab Klink
- (Dutch) Jan Peter Balkenende, een tijdlijn NOS
- (Dutch) Jan Peter Balkenende Elsevier
- (Dutch) Machtige vrouwen Het Parool
- Dutch prime minister says government austerity talks collapse The Washington Post
- (Dutch) Van Haersma Buma wil CDA leiden NOS
- (Dutch) Spies kandidaat-lijsttrekker CDA NOS
- (Dutch) Bleker kandidaat-lijsttrekker CDA NOS
- (Dutch) V.Toorenburg kandidaatleider CDA NOS
- (Dutch) 'Tegenstemmen had geen effect meer' NOS
- (Dutch) 'Mona Keijzer geen onbekende in de provincie' NOS
- (Dutch) Buma gekozen tot lijsttrekker CDA NOS
- (Dutch) Official site Christian Democratic Appeal