The Hague: The government of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte resigned on Friday over a child benefit scandal that threatens political instability as the country battles the corona virus epidemic.
Thousands of parents were falsely accused by Dutch authorities of forcing them to return large sums of money and causing financial ruin.
The fact that some parents were investigated by tax officials because they had dual citizenship also rejected long-standing criticism of military racism in the Netherlands.
Rote, one of Europe’s longest-serving leaders, who has been in power since 2010, said the cabinet would remain in a watchdog role until the mid-March elections to monitor the response to the coup. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s cabinet will remain in office until a new coalition is formed after the vote.
“Bakk stops here,” Rogge told a news conference after the crisis meeting of his four-party coalition cabinet in The Hague. “We have one mind: if the whole system has failed, only shared responsibility can be taken. And I have come to the conclusion that I have just tendered my resignation to the king from the whole cabinet.”
He added: “Under the rule of law, our citizens must be protected by a strong government, and this is very wrong here.”
As the Netherlands battles an outbreak of the corona virus, Wright defended his decision to resign, saying the country was facing a new facelift for the first time in Britain. “Our fight against the corona virus continues,” Ratte said, adding that the caretaker cabinet would “do what is necessary for the country’s interests.”
His party did worse than expected from opinion polls, which saw them at gaining about a third of the support of the Freedom and Democracy Party. 2013 and 2019.
Many people needed to return tens of thousands of euros (dollars) in benefits. Several couples reportedly broke up as a result of the tension. Rote was under increasing pressure to resign over the scam, and the government faced a vote of confidence. The standoff escalated after opposition Labor leader Ludwig Ascher, who was social affairs minister in Rutte’s previous cabinet, resigned on Thursday over the scandal.
Dutch right-wing leader Geert Wilders, known for his outspokenness against immigration and Islam, said it was “correct” that the government had withdrawn. “Innocent people have been criminalized, their lives have been ruined,” Wilders said on Twitter. “It’s not credible that officials should continue as if nothing had happened.”