The Dutch upper house of parliament has called on prime minister Mark Rutte to explain why four ministries in the new cabinet will have two ministers.
Senate chairwoman Anti Broekers-Knol has asked Rutte which minister in the dual ministries will be the effective boss. The constitution, she points out, states that ministries are led by a minister, and that makes it impossible for two people to be in charge.
Four ministries in Rutte’s third cabinet have two ministers: Justice and security; health, welfare and sport; education, culture and science, and foreign affairs. Ministers are members of the cabinet. Junior ministers – staatssecretarissen – are not.
The new ministers and junior ministers are meeting on Wednesday afternoon to finalise their roles in the new government.
Wilders says Grapperhaus is a danger to national security for writing in a personal blog in 2015 that jihadis should be allowed to return to the Netherlands and that they cannot be stripped of their Dutch nationality.
Grapperhaus, a lawyer by profession, has also described Wilders in the past as being ‘not accountable for his actions’.