Demissionary Minister Kaag of Foreign Affairs resigns. The Chamber took a motion of censure against her and expresses its disapproval for the evacuation operation in Afghanistan. She drew her conclusions from that.
Kaag was at the moods himself. “Your Chamber judges that the cabinet acted irresponsibly. I can‘t help but accept the consequences. The minister must go if the policy is frowned upon,” she said. She is going to resign from the king.
Take a look back at the outgoing minister’s statement here:
The motion received 78 votes in favour and 72 votes against. The motion of censure against demissionary minister of defence Bijleveld also reached a majority. The full opposition and government party ChristenUnie voted in favour of the motions. Government parties VVD, D66 and CDA voted against. The SP‘s motion of mistrust did not make a majority.
Demissionary Prime Minister Rutte praises Kaag’s qualities as minister and calls her departure really terrible news. “It‘s a big lady, recognized worldwide as a great diplomat. It’s a big loss for the Netherlands.”
He couldn‘t say anything about a successor. He did not speak about the consequences for the formation either. “It just happened a few minutes ago.”
Rutte showed himself hit:
Kaag continues as chairman of the group of D66 in the House of Representatives. In that role, she continues to talk about a new cabinet. “Hopefully we’ll make a new cabinet, we‘ll form.”
The decision didn’t make her easy, she explained. “Foreign Affairs was my passion, my heart, who I am. It was an honour to be able to play this role. I have tried to fulfill the office with dignity, to give it value.”
In April, Kaag said of the adopted motion of censure against Prime Minister Rutte that she would step up in his case:
afternoon Bijleveld announced that she would stay on as Defence Minister regardless of the vote. “The cabinet, including myself, indicated yesterday that things didn‘t go well. My priority is still in bringing interpreters that are still in Afghanistan to safety,” says in her statement.
At the end of the votes, Bijleveld didn’t want to say much about the difference between her and Kaag. “It is a personal trade-off that Mrs Kaag has made and I respect it,” she said. “I made a different personal consideration.”