The Hague, Holland:
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated his authorities had resigned on Friday over a scandal during which hundreds of fogeys had been falsely accused of advantages fraud, admitting the system had gone “terribly flawed.”
Many dad and mom had been pressured to pay again giant quantities of cash and, consequently, ended up in monetary break. Some had been additionally investigated as a result of that they had twin citizenship.
“The buck stops right here,” Rutte instructed a information convention after a disaster assembly of his four-party coalition cupboard in The Hague.
“We agree: if the entire system has failed, solely joint duty may be assumed. And that results in the conclusion that I’ve simply provided the king the resignation of your complete cupboard.”
Rutte, who got here to energy in 2010 and is one in every of Europe’s longest-serving leaders, added: “The rule of legislation should shield its residents from an omnipotent authorities, and that has gone terribly flawed.”
The federal government’s resignation comes simply two months earlier than the Netherlands holds elections, and because it fights in opposition to rising coronavirus instances.
Rutte stated the cupboard will stay in an “interim” function till the March 17 elections and “will do no matter is critical within the curiosity of the nation.”
“Our battle in opposition to the coronavirus continues,” Rutte stated.
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