Mona Keijzer was the twelfth minister to leave the (caretaker) Rutte III cabinet on Saturday.

The exodus was initiated 3.5 years ago by Halbe Zijlstra, after his lie about a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

These are, in chronological order, all ministers who left the current cabinet and those who replaced them.

Halbe Zijlstra (VVD)

  • Resigns as Minister of Foreign Affairs on 13 February 2018.

  • Reason: His position is no longer tenable after admitting to lying about his presence at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2006.

  • Successor:

    Stef Blok

    (VVD).

See also: Minister Zijlstra (VVD) resigns after lying, opposition falls over Rutte's role

Mark Harbers (VVD)

  • Resigns as State Secretary for Justice and Security on 21 May 2019.

  • Reason: The minister responsible for asylum matters leaves after it became known that his ministry deliberately provided incomplete figures on crime among asylum seekers in a report.

  • Successor:

    Ankie Broekers-Knol

    (VVD).

See also: State Secretary Harbers resigns over crime figures for asylum seekers

Menno Snel (D66)

  • Resigns as State Secretary of Finance on 18 December 2019.

  • Reason: The mistakes made by the tax authorities in the childcare allowance affair have proved fatal to the minister.

  • Successors:

    Alexandra van Huffelen

    (D66) and

    Hans Vijlbrief

    (D66).

See also: State Secretary Snel resigns due to childcare allowance affair

Bruno Bruins (VVD)

  • Resigns as Minister for Medical Care on 19 March 2020.

  • Reason: Fatigue.

    That was expressed a day earlier in a faintness of Bruins during a debate about the corona virus.

  • Successors:

    Martin van Rijn

    (PvdA) is appointed as temporary replacement.

    Later

    Tamara van Ark

    (VVD) takes over from Bruins for good.

    Bas van 't Wout

    (VVD) in turn succeeds Van Ark as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment.

See also: Minister Bruins resigns, De Jonge takes over corona file

Eric Wiebes (VVD)

  • Resigns as Minister of Economic Affairs on 15 January 2021.

  • Reason: The allowance affair, which in the Rutte II cabinet was partly the responsibility of Wiebes, then State Secretary of Finance.

  • Successors: Infrastructure

    Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen

    (VVD) will temporarily take over the tasks of Wiebes.

    Then

    Van 't Wout

    appointed to succeed Wiebe.

    When Van 't Wout resigns himself months later,

    Blok becomes

    the new Minister of Economic Affairs.

    The latter is in turn succeeded as Minister of Foreign Affairs by

    Sigrid Kaag

    (D66).

    Tom de Bruijn

    (D66) takes over Kaag's ministerial post for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

    Dennis Wiersma

    (VVD) will be the State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment.

See also: Wiebes will not return to caretaker cabinet after 'personal decision'

The Rutte III cabinet was sworn in on October 26, 2017.

Since 15 January 2021, the cabinet has been resigned due to the fall as a result of the child allowance affair.

The Rutte III cabinet was sworn in on October 26, 2017.

Since 15 January 2021, the cabinet has been resigned due to the fall as a result of the child allowance affair.

Photo: ANP

Bas van 't Wout (VVD)

  • Will definitively resign as Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate on 9 July 2021.

  • Reason: A burnout that has kept Van 't Wout at home since the end of May.

  • Successors:

    Blok

    partly takes over Van 't Wout's tasks.

    Dilan Yesilgöz-Zegerius

    (VVD) is appointed as State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate, in charge of the climate and energy portfolio.

See also: Minister Van 't Wout (Economic Affairs) stops for three months because of burnout

Stientje van Veldhoven (D66)

  • Resigns as State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management on 19 July 2021.

  • Reason: A new job.

    Since 1 September, Van Veldhoven has been the new director of Europe for the World Resources Institute.

  • Successors:

    Van Nieuwenhuizen

    temporarily takes over Van Veldhoven's tasks.

    Shortly afterwards,

    Steven van Weyenberg

    (D66) is appointed as Van Veldhoven's successor.

See also: Van Veldhoven leaves cabinet, Kaag stops as Minister of Foreign Trade

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (VVD)

  • Resigns as Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management on August 31, 2021.

  • Reason: A new job.

    Van Nieuwenhuizen will start working at Vereniging Energie-Nederland as of 1 October.

  • Successors:

    Barbara Visser

    (VVD), who until then was State Secretary for Defence.

    Defense Minister

    Ank Bijleveld

    (CDA) will in turn take over Visser's duties.

See also: Van Nieuwenhuizen resigns as Minister of Infrastructure for a new job

Tamara van Ark (VVD)

  • Resigns as Minister for Medical Care on September 3, 2021.

  • Reason: Persistent neck pain.

  • Successors: Minister

    Hugo de Jonge

    and State Secretary

    Paul Blokhuis

    (both Health, Welfare and Sport) take over her duties.

See also: Care Minister Van Ark resigns immediately due to health reasons

Sigrid Kaag (D66)

  • Resigns as Minister of Foreign Affairs on September 16, 2021.

  • Reason: Late evacuations from Afghanistan to the Netherlands.

  • Successor: Ben Knapen (CDA).

Ank Bijleveld (CDA)

  • Resigns as defense minister on 17 September.

  • Reason: Same as Kaag: the late evacuations from Afghanistan to the Netherlands.

    At first Bijleveld did not think it necessary to resign like Kaag, but a day later he did.

  • Successor: Henk Kamp (VVD).

See also: Outgoing minister Bijleveld resigns after all, following Kaag's lead

See also: Kaag steps down as foreign minister after evacuation chaos Afghanistan

Mona Keijzer (CDA)

  • Will be dismissed as State Secretary for Economic Affairs on September 25, 2021.

  • Reason: Her criticism of the introduction of the corona ticket.

  • Successor: Minister

    Stef Blok

    (Economic Affairs and Climate) takes over her duties.

See also: Rutte dismisses outgoing State Secretary Keijzer because of criticism of the corona pass

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