The prime minister of the Netherlands will tender his resignation due to internal discrepancies on immigration policy

In office since 2010 and with the possibility of running for a fifth term, Mark Rutte has decided to step aside and will deliver his resignation to King Willem-Alexander in the next few hours.

Marco Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 2010, he announced this Friday that he will submit his resignation King Guillermo Alejandro in the next few hours for “insurmountable” discrepancies on the strategy to contain the flow of refugees entering the country.

“Tonight, unfortunately, we came to the conclusion that the discrepancies were insurmountable. For this reason I will soon submit my resignation to the King on behalf of the entire government,” Rutte said at a press conference.

Furthermore, the 56-year-old official assured that he still had “energy” to run for a fifth term, but that he needed to “think things over” first.

rutta, the longest serving head of government in the history of the Netherlandshe argued that “the government has not reached an agreement on the measures to be taken to contain the influx of asylum seekers”.

The leader of the centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) wanted the other three parties in the governing coalition to institute a quota system to limit the number of children from conflict zones eligible for asylum in the Netherlands.

His proposal was to limit the number of reunifications of children with their refugee relatives, already settled in the Netherlands, to 200 a month and he threatened to dissolve the cabinet if his allies did not approve, Dutch media reported.

But the conservative Christian Uni party, which brought Rutte the support of the Protestant electorate in the center of the country, radically opposed that project. Even the centre-left D66 formation did not support the initiative.

These three parties, together with the centre-right CDA, held negotiations late into the night on Thursday, without reaching a compromise.

Rutte thus ends his fourth term since his first assignment, in October 2010.

The latter term began in January 2022, with a coalition taking nine months to form after the March 2021 election. The end of his third term was triggered by a child benefits scandal.

According to local media, Rutte, nicknamed “Teflon” for his political survivability, seeks with the current dissolution of his cabinet to conserve energy to fight a battle with a wing of his party defending a harder line on politics immigration and refugee reception.

Elections to the lower house of the Dutch parliament, due to take place later this year, will take place in a polarized and divided political landscape: there are 20 parties in the 150-seat lower house.

Similar debates are unfolding elsewhere in Europe, as migrants fleeing conflict or in search of a better life make perilous sea journeys from North Africa to reach the continent. Hundreds of thousands of people have also fled the war in Ukraine.

Migration will be a major issue in next year’s European Union parliamentary elections, but the issue hit early in the Netherlands.

Rutte’s coalition has been trying for months to reach an agreement to reduce the flow of new migrants to this country by nearly 18 million people. The proposals reportedly included creating two classes of asylum – a temporary one for those fleeing conflict and a permanent one for those trying to escape persecution – and reducing the number of family members asylum-seekers in countries can join. Low.

With information from agencies

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