Dutch Cabinet meets amid speculation government will quit
Added 01-15-21 05:22:03am EST - “The Dutch Cabinet was set to meet Friday amid strong speculation that Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government will resign to take political responsibility for a scandal involving investigations into child welfare payments that wrongly…” - Washingtontimes.com
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch Cabinet was set to meet Friday amid strong speculation that Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government will resign to take political responsibility for a scandal involving investigations into child welfare payments that wrongly labeled thousands of parents as fraudsters.
If Rutte’s center-right, four-party coalition quits, it will come just under a month before parliament was due to break up ahead of a March 17 general election. Rutte’s government would remain in power in a caretaker capacity until a new coalition is formed after the election.
The Netherlands is the third European country thrown into political uncertainty this week in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. In Estonia, the government resigned over a corruption scandal, while Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte’s administration is at risk of collapse after a small coalition party withdrew its support.
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