The motion of censure against incumbent Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was not adopted this Friday despite the fact that Parliament approved a motion to disapprove of his conduct because he denied that he had spoken to the future government about the possibility of being granted a position in the future government Christian Democratic MP Pieter Omtzigt.
The chairman of the conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) is trying to form a coalition for the future government of the country and denies to the press that in the talks he spoke of Omtzigt critical of the government about leadership training.
In particular, he refused to mention him for a possible position in the future government, although it was later revealed that this was the case and a crisis of confidence in his figure began. In addition, the deputy’s transfer, which led to the resignation of Rutte’s previous cabinet in a family allowance scandal, was interpreted as a way of avoiding his critical role in parliament.
In this regard, Rutte has overcome the motion of censure brought to a special session in parliament this Thursday which, while not receiving enough support, has sparked a long debate and criticism of the prime minister.
The chairman of the extreme right of the Freedom Party (PVV), Geert Wilders, presented the motion of censure, which the parliamentary majority did not achieve, although the entire opposition voted for it, reports the AD medium.
“Mr. Rutte and the discoverers – those responsible for evaluating the proposals for the future government – lied to us,” emphasized Wilder in his presentation of the proposal, which would have forced Rutte to resign if he had been approved as head of the current one Interim government and a few weeks after winning the March 17th elections not to attempt to form a new coalition.
Formations D66 and CDA did not support Wilder’s motion of censure, although the leader of the first formation, Sigrid Kaaag, has indicated that she has “great doubts” about the statements made by the current Prime Minister.
For this reason, the Progressives D66 and the Christian Democrats (CDA) submitted a motion to disapprove Rutte’s behavior, which was approved even though it contained “De Telegraaf” with the vote against the PVV.
For his part, Rutte has apologized to Parliament, stressing that asking for forgiveness is a “first step in restoring confidence” and has ruled out his resignation because of the controversy it has caused.
“I will continue to be Prime Minister,” he said after the vote, adding, “As Chairman of the VVD, I will work very hard to regain confidence.”
In his statements, he pointed out that he had not lied in his statements, but that he refused to broadcast Omtzigt to the press because he remembered that the conversations were different.
Hence, Rutte is expected to continue his efforts to form his fourth coalition government after the parliamentary elections in mid-March gave his center-right party a majority.