Two MPs from the right-wing Liberal VVD are set to be named the new justice minister and deputy, Dutch media report on Friday.
Ard van der Steur, 45, who has been an MP since 2010, is set for the minister’s job, where he will focus on law and order and public safety. Van der Steur is a lawyer by profession and has focused on the criminal law system during his time in parliament.
On his parliamentary website Van de Steur describes himself as supporting ‘a classic liberal lifestyle’ which is opposed to the nanny state. He studied law in Leiden and practicised as a lawyer until becoming an MP.
The Telegraaf reports that MP Klaas Dijkhoff will become junior justice minister. Dijkhoff, 34, was born in Germany and studied law in Tilburg, where he was a lecturer up to 2009. He became an MP in 2010.
The two justice ministry jobs have been vacant since Ivo Opstelten and Fred Teeven resigned following revelations about the return of 4.7 million guilders to a drugs baron known as Cees H.
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