Dutch PM resigns

Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, has offered the resignation of his cabinet to Queen Beatrix, the Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) confirmed on Monday.

“Her Majesty the Queen considered the resignation and asked the Ministers and State Secretaries to continue to do what is necessary in the interests of the Kingdom,” the RVD said.

The resignation in reality means the fall of Mr. Rutte’s cabinet.

Although the Queen would take the offer into consideration in accordance with the tradition, she would normally not refuse the resignation.

“This leads to a delayed approach to the financial problems of our country,” Ivo Arnold, a professor from Erasmus School of Economics, told Xinhua.

“There will be more unrest and more uncertainty. More uncertainty about the measures to be taken to solve the crisis,” he said.

On Saturday, Geert Wilders, leader of the right-wing Party of Freedom Party (PVV), quit negotiations over necessary additional budget savings.

After seven weeks of negotiations, Wilders decided not to back the proposed budget cuts of 14.2 billion euros (18.7 billion U.S. dollars), which in his opinion were “unacceptable”.

Mr. Rutte scheduled an extra cabinet meeting on Monday to discuss the situation and the ministers agreed that the fall of the government was inevitable.

“We have a very strong country economically, but we need budget cut discipline.

“When we cannot agree on the way forward then we have a political problem,” Dutch Minister for Agriculture and Foreign Trade, Henk Bleker, told Xinhua after the meeting.

“So we are going to work on a new political basis for this policy,” Mr. Bleker said.

A debate is scheduled for Tuesday in the House of Commons.

Mr. Rutte will be asked to give a statement on the situation to the chamber and a date for new elections will be discussed.



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