Prime minister denies lying but is not going to reveal who warned him about Omtzigt remark

Mark Rutte throughout the discussion. Image: Robin Utrecht ANP/HH

Dutch primary minister Mark Rutte was combating for his political life on Thursday afternoon after it emerged that he had talked about the likelihood of another career for a extremely critical CDA MP for the duration of cupboard development talks.

Thursday’s parliamentary discussion on the coalition talks debacle began and then were being suspended immediately after it emerged Rutte had mentioned the place of Christian Democrat Pieter Omtzigt with officers after all.

Rutte explained before that he was not liable for suggesting that Omtzigt, a staunch government critic, could be specified a career in other places when chatting to the two scouts appointed by parliament to guide the cupboard negotiations.

The comment was created on notes carried by scout Kajsa Ollongren and seen to the press when she still left parliament immediately after screening beneficial for coronavirus last 7 days.

Rutte, who denied lying, explained to MPs he had been reminded in an early morning mobile phone phone that it was him who pointed out Omtzigt’s title in talks with Ollongren and Annemarie Jorristma past 7 days.

‘This early morning I was rung by a person who stated that I experienced stated Pieter Omtzigt’s title after all,’ Rutte explained to MPs. ‘But I am not going to title my sources.’

Other celebration leaders were being not offered the notes taken at their conferences with Ollongren and Jorritsma until finally 9.30am.


MPs from across the political spectrum accused Rutte of both lying or owning a quite undesirable memory.

D66 leader Sigrid Kaag stated for the duration of the debate that there is a pattern in Rutte’s forgetfulness. ‘How can this come about, and how can you, as possibly the longest serving prime minister, win back again self-confidence,’ she reported.

Rutte’s comments, she said, ‘are not superior, and not very good is an understatement’.

Jesse Klaver, leader of GroenLinks, claimed that it is ‘very coincidental’ that Rutte generally says he has no recollection of items when in a difficult situation.

Commentators in The Hague are now suggesting that Rutte has no alternative but to stand down as caretaker primary minister. He also faces a vote of no confidence later on in the night.

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