Legislators must resign on Thursday as Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Cock deals with the expulsion crisis in Afghanistan.
“The House of Representatives considers the government to have acted irresponsibly … I, as a minister, can only accept the consequences of this decision with ultimate responsibility,” Gock said in a statement to parliament.
He added, “If the policy of the Minister is not approved for our democratic system and the approach of our will, then he should resign from the post of Foreign Minister.
Gock said he would be the leader of the center-left D66 party that will form a coalition government with Prime Minister Mark Rutte after winning the second-largest seats in the March election.
Rutte described his resignation as a major loss to the government.
In the last days of August the Netherlands expelled more than 1,500 people from Kabul from the Dutch and Afghanistan. But despite calls from lawmakers for deportation several months ago, many Afghans who were candidates for deportation in Afghanistan have been left out, including 22 translators.
Gock acknowledged that the Dutch government did not expect the Taliban to come to power soon in Afghanistan, but at the same time indicated that other Western countries were in the same situation.
Defense Minister Ank Peelfeld refused to resign, despite a vote against him in parliament.
Gock resigned a day after British Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb was fired for handling the situation in Afghanistan.
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