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

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.