A new government in the Netherlands has been sworn in at the Hague, after three months of political wrangling. Queen Beatrix asked Christian Democrat Jan Peter Balkenende to head the three party centre-left coalition, comprising the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), the Labour Party (PvdA) and the Christian Union (CU).
It is Balkenende's fourth appointment as PM, having held the position consecutively since 2002.
Labour's Wouter Bos is one of two deputy Prime Ministers. He also takes on the financial portfolio, while Andre Rouvoet of the CDA, who is family and youth minister, becomes second deputy PM.
The so-called Grand Coalition between the CDA and the PvdA has proved the most durable form of government in the Netherlands since the Second World War.
23 February 2007