Secretary of State for Safety and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff has been named new defence minister of the Netherlands following the resignation of his predecessor and the chief of defence staff over the death of Dutch soldiers in Mali in 2016. Dijkhoff was sworn in by King Willem-Alexander on 4 October after Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and General Tom Middendorp resigned the day before.
"It is important for defence to have a fully functional minister, even for the possibly short transition period" before a new government is formed, Dijkhoff said after he was sworn in, referring to the fact that coalition negotiations are still under way nearly seven months after the 15 March general elections in the Netherlands.
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