Rutte: unwise to remove queen from government

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Prime Minister Mark Rutte says it would be unwise to end the head of state's current role in government.

In a debate in parliament, Mr Rutte said he attached great value to the queen’s current role. If the head of state were no longer part of government, she could gain political influence because she would be at liberty to express her political views.

The prime minister wants the monarchy to remain solidly rooted in parliamentary democracy. He argues that the head of state’s membership of the government is conducive to unity of policy. And the principle of ministerial responsibility ensures that ministers are responsible for the government’s actions, the head of state can do no wrong.

A number of parties, including the Freedom Party, the democrat party D66 and the Green Left Party feel that giving the head of state a ceremonial role outside of government would avoid any semblance of royal political influence.


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