General ('Adviseur Generaal' in Dutch) is a political
office in Kronenburg. The office came into existance as a
result of the
constitution change of 1981. After each
parliamentary election the
king appoints an Advisor General.
This person is charged with informing among the
coalition government(s) are possible and
desirable. When he or she has found parties that are willing
to form a government and have a majority in the
(and preferably also in the
Zuidkamer), he or she may
proceed with the formation of this government.
If an Advisor
General isn't succesful, he or she can return to the king,
who then appoints someone else. Since elections normally
take place on the last Wednesday of October and a new
government is usually sworn in on the next first Friday of
February (Promulgation Day), (an) Advisor(s) General
has/have three months to complete his/her/their task.
General doesn't have to be the leader of the largest party
after the elections. According to the constitution, the king
may appoint anyone whom he considers fit for the job. Also,
the Advisor General doesn't have to become
prime minister in
the new government he or she has formed, although this has
always been the case since 1981.