Dutch MPs to hold no-confidence vote in PM after minister quits

The Hague (AFP) – Dutch MPs began a vote of no-confidence in Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday, after foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned for lying about a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The rare motion was brought by Rutte’s arch-foe far-right MP Geert Wilders, who slammed the scandal as “unacceptable”. Rutte’s four-party coalition has only a one-seat majority in the 150-seat lower house, but Dutch media predicted the motion was unlikely to pass.