Steven van Weyenberg replaces Kaag as finance minister

New finance minister Steven van Weyenberg. Photo: Remko de Waal ANP

Junior culture minister Steven van Weyenberg is taking over at the top of the finance ministry following the resignation of Sigrid Kaag who has gone to work for the UN’s relief effort in Gaza.

Van Weyenberg joined the cabinet last month to replace Gunay Uslu who left the culture and media department to head up the family travel firm Corendon. Fleur Gräper, a former Groningen provincial councillor for D66, has now stepped into those shoes.

Van Weyenberg was an MP for D66 for 11 years and was the party’s finance and social affairs spokesman. He was also junior infrastructure minister for time in Mark Rutte’s third cabinet.

Although there was a general election in the Netherlands on November 22, the outgoing cabinet remains in position until a new coalition has been formed and ministers appointed.

Talks on forming a right wing government led by the far right PVV are still at an early stage

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