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Dutch PM resigns over migration clash, coalition split

Dutch PM Mark Rutte resigns after coalition collapse over migration clash.

Rutte, the country’s longest-serving premier, announced his departure after 13 years in power.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during the press conference after the weekly Council of Ministers in the Hague, the Netherlands, March 18, 2022. (EPA Photo)

The opposition withdrew a vote of no confidence following his statement.

Rutte’s resignation marks a changing of the guard in European politics and leaves Viktor Oban as the EU’s longest-standing premier.

The government fell apart when Rutte demanded restrictions on refugee family reunions.

Rutte faced controversies throughout his tenure, including a subsidy scandal and economic challenges.

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