Dutch Minister of State Tjeenk Willink said this Friday that the majority of parliamentary groups are no longer excluding the support of the country’s Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, who passed a vote of no confidence earlier this month, declaring a high point in the post-election government crisis.
Willink was appointed by Parliament to look into the possibility of forming a new government or resolving the credibility crisis of Rutte, who in his first talks following his re-election in March threatening to dismiss a deputy critical of the administration has been exposed to a leak.
MPs also accused Rutte of incapacitating the legislature due to internal pacts and information restrictions in a crisis that ultimately led to the failure of the motion of censure, partly due to apologies made by the Prime Minister himself at the time.
Thanks to this regret, “Rutte is able to regain the trust of the parties” to act as a united front against the pandemic.
It is not known when these talks will resume, but whatever happens, the formation of Rutte, the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, will need the support of at least four other parties to wield power, given the fragmented Dutch political system.