Former Minister Frank de Grave will not be chairman of the committee who will investigate the chaotic evacuations from Afghanistan. He has withdrawn after the entire opposition in the House of Representatives has announced that he has no confidence in him.
VVD‘er De Grave was Minister of Defence in the late 90s, one of the departments involved in the issue. This creates the appearance of partiality and does not benefit the investigation, the opposition parties believe. They supported a motion by the PvdA asking for another chairman.
With that, De Grave only had the support of government parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie. That is a majority, but De Grave still thinks he is unable to fill in the presidency responsibly.
Very good candidate
The criticism was immediately there when De Grave was named as chairman, but the outgoing cabinet remained behind him. Minister Knapen of Foreign Affairs said in a debate last week that he has no doubt about the expertise and independence of the former reign man.
Minister Camp of Defence called him a “very good candidate” and did not understand why the House had doubts about the appointment. In the letter, the ministers write tonight that they regret De Grave’s decision, but that they respect his choice.
The committee must investigate the events in August when the Taliban took control in Afghanistan. The evacuation operation was slow and hundreds of people who should have been brought to the Netherlands were left behind.