Dutch PM Rutte Survives No-confidence Vote After FM Steps Down

Last update: 14/02/2018

THE HAGUE, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday survived a vote of no confidence in Dutch parliament after Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra stepped down for lying about a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, China´s Xinhua news agency reported.

Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders had proposed the vote of no confidence against Rutte for his reaction on Zijlstra's lie, and he was supported by five other opposition parties.

The motion didn't get a majority vote.

Earlier on Tuesday, Zijlstra announced his resignation just before a debate on his position in the Dutch lower house of parliament.

The pressure on him was too high after the 49-year-old FM had admitted in Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant on Monday that he lied about having been present at a meeting with Putin in 2006. One day later he also appeared to have misinterpreted words of Putin on a "Great Russia".....