Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld submits her resignation on Friday on the issue of evacuation of Afghan refugees amid the Taliban takeover.
Earlier country’s Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag had resigned after the lower house of parliament criticized the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan.
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Earlier country’s Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag had resigned after the lower house of parliament criticized the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistanhttps://t.co/4ZeQxwPydo pic.twitter.com/DMPCyksB3T
Bijleveld, who was also condemned because of the delay of the evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan, announced her resignation at a news conference.
Stating that she will not be able to do her job well from now on, the minister said she would submit her resignation to Willem Alexander, the king of the Netherlands.
After a fierce debate on Wednesday, the Dutch parliament passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations.
"The House considers that the government has acted irresponsibly," Kaag said in a statement after parliament voted by 78 votes to 72 to condemn the government.
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Dutch Foreign Minister Kaag quits over Afghan refugee crisis
Sigrid Kaag resigned after majority of parliament said she had mishandled evacuation of refugees from Afghanistan
Before the vote, Bijleveld had said that she does not intend to resign regardless of the result.
As a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), she took up the post to head the Defense Ministry in 2017.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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