The Netherlands is to hold a general election on 22 November following the collapse of its government last week. The cabinet will remain in office as a minority caretaker government until the election is held.
The party which left the coalition government, precipitating the crisis, Democrats ’66 (D66), has said that it will vote with the government on passing the 2007 budget.
D66 withdrew following the refusal of immigration minister Rita Verdonk to resign. Ms Verdonk had attempted to strip a former member of parliament, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, of her Dutch nationality, but was forced to backtrack after all parties signed motions condemning the attempt and D66 had demanded her Ms Verdonk's resignation.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who is originally from Somalia and who became famous for her denunciation of fundamentalist Islam and support for women’s rights, resigned from Parliament on 16 May after admitting that she had lied on her asylum application and later in her naturalisation application, though she had told the true story of her arrival in the Netherlands before she was elected to parliament in 2002 and several times since to the media.
6 July 2006