Bijleveld, who was condemned on the grounds that the evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan was delayed and unsuccessful, announced that she resigned from the post at the press conference today.
In her speech, Bijleveld said that she would submit her resignation to the King of the Netherlands, stating that her stay in office was a matter of debate and that she would not be able to do her job well from now on.
While the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Democrats 66 (D66) and the Christian Democratic Party (CDA) in the coalition voted ‘No’ to the condemnation decision of Ank Bijleveld and Sigrid Kaag, the Christian Unity Party (CU) voted ‘Yes’ as a block.
A member of the Christian Democratic Party (CDA), Bijleveld took up the post of Secretary of Defense in 2017.
As a result of the voting on the question, Kaag was also condemned and resigned after the session.
Speaking before the vote, Bijleveld said that he does not intend to resign regardless of the result.
On the other hand, in a written statement made by the government, it was stated that Tom de Bruijn, who is the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, will assume the role of deputy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.