Slob and Blokhuis not back in new cabinet

Arie Slob and Paul Blokhuis are not returning to the new cabinet. Both members of the Christian Union are leaving national politics, reports their party. Slob is now a missionary minister for Primary and Secondary Education and Media; Blokhuis is Secretary of State for Health, Welfare and Sports.

Slob, who is 60 years old, says โ€œto take a step backwards in gratitude in the confidence that the Christian Union will continue with new energyโ€. Before becoming a minister, he was a member of the House of Representatives for a long time, of which eight years as chairman of the Christian Union group.

Blokhuis (58), says he would have wanted to continue as a resident. โ€œBut at the same time its not about me. I therefore confidently transfer the baton to another person, to a new generation.โ€ Blokhuis previously served as alderman and policy officer of the Parliamentary Group.

ChristenUnie holds two ministers and one secretary of state

Party leader Segers considers Slob to be his political teacher. โ€œAnd with Paul, I walked through the halls of the House of Representatives even in the 90s.โ€

Last week it was announced that the Christian Union will provide as many governors to the new cabinet as to the current, outgoing: two ministers and one secretary of state. The third Christian Union member of the outgoing cabinet is Minister Schouten. The general expectation in The Hague is that it will return.

Which party gets which government members are already around, but it has not yet been announced. Segers said last week that he already knows the names of his candidates.

VVD leader Rutte was appointed formator last week. He wants to have discussions with candidate leaders in early January.