Tuesday, April 20

Rutte receives the disapproval of his partners but saves the motion of censure

Rutte, before Wilders, in a photo from 2017.

Rutte, before Wilders, in a photo from 2017.

A motion of disapproval filed by the progressives and Christian Democrats of the Netherlands against the Acting Prime Minister Mark Rutte, achieved the support of a parliamentary majority early this Friday, while the motion of no confidence presented by the far right did not get enough support.

The motion of disapproval of the behavior of Rutte, who wrongly denied that he recently commented on the possibility to give a post in the future government to a Christian Democrat deputy, won the support of the parliamentary groups of progressives (D66), Call for Christianity (CDA) and Christian Union, Rutte’s three partners in the outgoing coalition, in addition to the support of the entire opposition.

Faced with this initiative, which does not directly question Rutte’s person as acting prime minister, but rather his behavior, far-right Geert Wilders had filed a motion of no confidence that, if he received a majority support from Parliament, it would have meant the end of the liberal’s political career, both at the head of the interim Executive and at the head of his own VVD party.

The motion of disapproval also could have led to Rutte’s resignation for the image damage he has suffered during tonight’s parliamentary debate, but Rutte has already announced that he does not intend to resign, that he will seek to restore “damaged trust” and stressed that “he continues to believe that it is credible”, as well as to participate in the future negotiations to form a new government coalition in Netherlands.

“Trust is something you have to earn every day,” said Rutte, whose role in future negotiations is still unclear, as a motion was also passed tonight calling for the appointment of an independent and remote “scout.” of any political party to test the waters and study possibilities of forming a government.

Rutte defended in the parliamentary debate that “he had not lied” but rather “badly remembered the facts” when denied that he had mentioned the Christian Democrat Pieter Omtzigt, a deputy critical of the government, during the meetings after the elections of March 17, in which it was intended to test the waters to form the future government coalition, letting it fall that he would have to be given a position outside of Parliament.

In the annotations of the “explorers” in charge of studying the possibilities for future training, it was indicated that a “role had to be sought elsewhere” for Omtzigt, which was a violation of the protocols of these meetings, as it was a phase very premature in which it only seeks to understand the willingness of political leaders to negotiate and with which parties.

Omtzigt was one of the most critical voices with the Government, also in the controversial action of the Tax Agency, which accused tens of thousands of families of tax fraud in the last decades without foundation, leading many to ruin, a scandal that forced Rutte to submit the resignation en bloc of his entire Executive in mid-January, two months before the general elections in which he managed to win again on March 17, after a decade in power.


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