Dutch coalition government lost its majority
The Dutch coalition government on Monday lost its majority in parliament when an MP who had been expelled from Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party said he would sit as an independent.
POLITICO reports that Wybren van Haga was kicked out of Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy after he was alleged to have renovated a building without a permit. In the summer he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
“In n a letter to parliamentary leader Klaas Dijkhoff, seen by TV program EenVandaag, van Haga said he would continue as a member of parliament. “Of course I support the coalition agreement and in principle there is no risk for the government,” van Haga said in the letter. He added, however, that he would make his own decision on new proposals.
Rutte’s four-party coalition now holds 75 seats in the 150-seat lower house. In March, the coalition lost its majority in the upper house.