Coalition party ChristenUnie supports the motion of censure that was tabled last night against the outgoing cabinet in the Afghanistan debate. That is what MP Don Ceder said. In the motion, Minister Kaag of Foreign Affairs is named as ultimately responsible for policy. A motion of censure against Defense Minister Bijleveld is also supported by the ChristenUnie.
Thanks to the support of the smallest coalition partner, the chance that the motions will pass has increased considerably. On paper, there is a majority in favor of the motions, but a roll call vote still has to be taken tonight. This means that each Member of Parliament must individually speak out for or against.
The outcome of this is still uncertain, because it is unclear how many MPs are present at the vote. That can affect voting ratios.
Insufficient urgency felt
Member of parliament Ceder points out that the House of Representatives had already insisted before the summer on taking action to bring people to safety who had worked for the Netherlands in Afghanistan. “The urgency that the House did feel, appears to have been felt by the responsible ministers for a very long time, too long, not enough.”
According to him, the government has not done enough with information that was available. “In my view, that is a bad thing. As the ministers themselves say, that action has not been good and, as far as we are concerned, it is also objectionable.”
A motion of censure does not have to lead to the resignation of a minister or state secretary, as with a motion of no confidence. Outgoing Rutte also stayed on in April when D66 leader Kaag submitted a motion of censure against him because of his role in the formation and the Omtzigt issue.
Then Kaag said about Rutte’s decision. “It would affect me deeply. I would draw my conclusions from it. But I am a different person.”
CU supports motions of censure against Kaag and Bijleveld, majority probably
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