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Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld has announced her resignation over the collapse of the Afghan gov't and the withdrawal of Dutch forces from the country. Her resignation comes a day after the Afghan collapse also claimed the scalp of Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag.
- The resignations come after the lower house of parliament passed a censure movement against the gov't following the chaotic withdrawal that saw translators who worked for Dutch officials and troops left behind in the country.
- The resignations risk throwing a spanner into ongoing coalition talks following the inconclusive March general election. Kaag sits as head of the liberal D66 party, the second-largest in the House of Representatives. She stated that despite her resignation from Cabinet, the party would remain part of PM Mark Rutte's caretaker gov't.
- Bijleveld hails from the centrist Christian Democratic Appeal, but does not lead the party so her resignation should not have any material impact on coalition negotiations.