The CDAs party board has nominated former MP Hans Huibers as new chairman. As a result, he has a great chance of being elected at the Autumn Congress on December 11th.
Huibers (60) was a member of parliament for the CDA between 1989 and 1994. He was pushed forward by the youth organisation CDJA and was the youngest member of the CDA group at the age of 28 years. After 1994, he continued his career in educational organizations and in business. Huibers is now a leader in the food industry.
The CDA has been without party chairman since Rutger Ploum stepped out. He did so because of the disappointing results in the Parliamentary elections on March 17. The CDA lost four seats and dropped from 19 to 15.
The CDA has had a difficult year with a leader election that was narrowly won by Hugo de Jonge, who handed over the baton to Wopke Hoekstra just before the election. His campaign went stout. The party also lost the popular MP Pieter Omtzigt, who is now a one-man group in the Chamber.