CDA chairman Rutger Ploum is stepping up. He has just announced this at a press conference at the party office.
The reason for this is the disappointing result at the Parliamentary elections last Wednesday. The CDA drops from the current 19 to probably 15 seats. The party is now no longer the third, but the fourth party of the country.
“The result was not what we hoped for. It was a great disappointment,” Ploum said.
There is much internal criticism of the CDA‘s election campaign. The summer leader election organised by the party board was chaotic. CDA Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge has just won the CDA member of parliament Omtzigt, who, to surprise, had also put himself a candidate. Then there were doubts about the voting procedure.
In December, CDA Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra was appointed new leader. His campaign was not immaculate either. He was criticized for ignoring the coronare rules by going skating with Sven Kramer at the Thialf stadium. His sense of timing also arose when, in the middle of the coronacrisis, he launched the CDA plan to shorten the WW.
Ploum calls the process “unruly”. In the list elections, for example, the voting computer was faulty. “That can’t be. Everything in all, I am ultimately responsible.” Ploum was party secretary for six years and president for two years. “I am now stepping up with pain in my heart.”