Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte revealed that he will leave politics following a general election sparked by the resignation of his government.
According to ABC News, Rutte, the Netherlands’ longest-serving premier, said this on Monday, signaling the end of the conservative leader’s more than 13-years.
The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) leader, 56, revealed his decision during a hastily convened parliamentary discussion on the collapse of his last ruling coalition.
“I decided yesterday morning that I will no longer be available as a VVD leader.” “I will leave politics when a new Cabinet takes office after the elections,” Rutte said.
It was described as a “personal decision, regardless of the developments in recent weeks.”
ABC News said Rutte’s four-party ruling coalition resigned Friday after failing to agree on a package of measures to rein in migration.
He said it was a unanimous decision by the four partner parties prompted by “irreconcilable differences.”
There was no immediate indication of who might replace Rutte as leader of the VVD. The party’s parliamentary faction is led by Sophie Hermans, Rutte’s former political assistant.
No date has yet been set for the election, but it is not expected before October or November.
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