After a turbulent parliamentary session that lasted into the night, one thing is clear: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte can go on for now. He barely survived a vote of no confidence.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte survived a vote of confidence in parliament, but the crisis is not over yet. After a long and turbulent debate over controversial statements by Rutte in the coalition talks, the opposition ultimately lacked a majority for a vote of no confidence on Friday night in The Hague. Rutte had previously asked the MPs for forgiveness.
The parliament, however, expressed its deep disapproval for the behavior of the head of government with a large majority. Its credibility has been seriously damaged.
A good two weeks after the parliamentary election won, Rutte was in great distress. He had misinformed Parliament and given the impression that he wanted to get rid of an uncomfortable critic, MEP Pieter Omtzigt. After a session that lasted more than 13 hours, the 54-year-old asked parliament and MP Omtzigt for forgiveness. “Where trust has been violated, I will work hard to restore it,” said Rutte. He announced that he wanted to remain Prime Minister.