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.
“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.”