THE HAGUE: Nearly one year after the resignation of the previous government and 10 months after the last elections, the fourth cabinet of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was sworn in by King Willem-Alexander.
According to source, Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), the centre-leftist party Democrats 66 (D66), and the smaller centrist party Christian Union (CU) make up the new coalition government, which is similar to the previous one. Rutte claims that his new cabinet differs from the previous one in that it has "fresh vigour."
Ernst Kuipers, the new Minister of Health, Welfare, and Sport on behalf of D66, is one of the new faces. He was the CEO of Erasmus Medical Centre and the chairman of the National Emergency Medicine Network until recently (LNAZ). Kuipers succeeds Hugo de Jonge, who directed the Dutch Covid-19 policy for the past two years as health minister. De Jonge (CDA) has been appointed to the newly created position of Minister of Housing and Spatial Planning.
In addition, Rob Jetten (D66) will be the new Minister of Climate and Energy, Sigrid Kaag, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, will be the new Finance Minister, and Wopke Hoekstra will be the new Foreign Minister.