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Dutch Acting Defense Minister Resigns Over Kabul Evacuations Chaos, Reports Suggest

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Ank Bijleveld - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.09.2021
PARIS (Sputnik) - Dutch Acting Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld followed suit of Acting Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag and tendered resignation due to accusations of poorly organising evacuations from Afghanistan, the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation (NOS) reported on 17 September.
The decision was made at an emergency meeting of the Christian Democratic Appeal political party, of which Bijleveld is a member, NOS added.
Earlier this week, the Dutch lower chamber passed a vote of no-confidence in Kaag because of the poorly organised evacuations. Kaag announced her resignation soon after the vote. A vote of no-confidence in Bijleveld was also passed, but the minister initially said she would not leave the post anyway.
According to media reports, the Dutch government for months ignored urgent requests of the embassy in Kabul to evacuate staffers and families.
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