Pieter Omtzigt quits the CDA soon after practically 20 decades as an MP

Pieter Omtzigt chatting to reporters right after being sworn in as an MP in March. Image: Bart Maat ANP

Christian Democrat MP Pieter Omtzigt has resigned from the social gathering, two days right after a controversial document he wrote criticising the CDA was leaked to the media.

Omtzigt, who was a single of 3 MPs instrumental in uncovering the full extent of the childcare profit scandal, is at this time at home with strain, but will retain his seat as an independent after he is back at perform.

He claimed in a statement he did not know how the document 1st leaked to the Limburger web site and that it need to have remained an interior discussion doc.

In the 76-web page report, Omtzight states he felt undervalued and unsafe when the childcare advantage scandal was being investigated and claims the party’s most recent troubles are portion of broader structural troubles.

The point that his criticism of the party is now out in the open has produced it a lot more challenging to carry on to operate, he mentioned on Saturday. ‘That is why, with agony in my coronary heart, I have instructed party chairman Marnix van Rij that I am cancelling my CDA membership,’ Omtzigt reported in a small statement.

Omzigt, 47, contested the get together leadership previous calendar year but was narrowly beaten by Hugo de Jonge. De Jonge afterwards stepped down due to the fact of the tension of dealing with coronavirus and Wopke Hoekstra, the finance minister, was then given the role of main the social gathering into the election campaign.

In the function, the CDA shed 4 seats in the election, and now has 15 MPs. Omtzigt, who was variety two on the occasion list, collected 340,000 preference votes  – plenty of to win five seats in his very own right. He has been an MP for the CDA given that 2003.

Hoekstra and Van Rij claimed on Saturday in a joint assertion they ended up stunned and unhappy by Omtzigt’s posture.

‘We have no decision but to respect his determination, but we had hoped for an diverse end result,’ they reported.

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