Dutch government to resign

The Dutch prime minister will tender his government's resignation to Queen Beatrix after a party quit the ruling coalition in a row over the immigration minister.

    Rita Verdonk has been under pressure to quit

    The smallest coalition member, D66, withdrew its support from the coalition on Thursday following dissatisfaction over the tough stance of Rita Verdonk, the immigration minister, on the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch politician.

    Verdonk came under pressure to resign after she had threatened to strip Ayaan Hirsi Ali of Dutch citizenship for lying about her name, age and refugee status on arrival in the Netherlands in 1992.

    D66, the smallest member of the centre-right government coalition of Jan Peter Balkenende that had been trying to boost its flagging profile before national elections in May 2007, pulled its support for the administration after the rejection of a bill of no confidence against Verdonk on Thursday.

    "A rift was created with my party and I feel there is no other way but to withdraw support for this government," D66 party leader Lousewies van der Laan told parliament.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.