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ChristenUnie supports motion of censure against ministers Kaag and Bijleveld, ministers’ fate uncertain Politics

The ChristenUnie supports the motion of censure against outgoing Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigrid Kaag. The motion of censure against Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld also receives support. Both motions are expected to win a majority in the House of Representatives.





The question now is whether Ministers Kaag (D66) and Bijleveld (CDA) draw conclusions from this opinion. They could decide to resign, although that is certainly not a standard practice after a motion of censure.

In D66 circles it is argued that the motion that affects Kaag does indeed ‘hold her responsible’ for the failed evacuation from Afghanistan, but that the actions of ‘the entire cabinet are condemned’. “So that is not specifically aimed at Kaag alone,” said one person involved. Yet it is ‘up to her’ to choose, says the initiate.

Conclusions

What matters is that in April, after a motion of censure against Rutte, Kaag hinted that she would have resigned after such a motion. ,,It would touch me in the deepest, let me put it this way. I would draw my own conclusions from that,” she said at the time. After she herself is in a similar position, it seems. In D66 they think that it is comparing apples with oranges, according to sources.

Outgoing Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Affairs (D66), outgoing Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense (CDA), outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and outgoing State Secretary Ankie Broekers of Justice and Security during the debate in the House of Representatives about the situation in Afghanistan. © ANP

The difference is that the motion of censure against Rutte was aimed at his person. The motion of censure against Kaag has been worded differently: Kaag is addressed as ‘ultimate responsibility’, but the behavior of the entire cabinet is rejected. It is still unclear what Kaag is doing now. “It’s up to her.”

According to ChristenUnie MP Don Ceder, the actions of the ministers must now be condemned. “Documents requested show that the cabinet received information as early as January that Afghanistan would inevitably fall into the hands of the Taliban; the only question was when. That information was not shared with the spokespersons involved in the House of Representatives. That in itself is culpable. But the fact that the urgency that the House of Representatives did feel without that information was felt less by the cabinet with that information is, in my view, a bad thing.”

The position of outgoing minister Carola Schouten is also a special one. She is a member of the cabinet, but is also a Member of Parliament for the Christian Union. If she were to vote in favor of the motion, she would be rejecting the actions of her own cabinet. But Schouten, says the ChristenUnie, is abroad and will not vote on the motion tonight. She is said to have ‘gave the other party members the space’ to ‘make their own judgment’. The fact that she then remains in the cabinet whose actions have been rejected by her own group is ‘not strange’, according to an insider. “That is inherent in the double hats that a caretaker minister can wear if he is also part of the House of Representatives.”

Mood

The plan is now to vote at the beginning of the evening and not only after the corona debate at 10 p.m. If parties in the House of Representatives agree to this, the vote will take place at 7.30 pm.

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ChristenUnie supports motion of censure against ministers Kaag and Bijleveld, ministers’ fate uncertain Politics
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