Mark Rutte

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Mark Rutte (; born 14 February 1967) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He has been the Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 14 October 2010.

He previously served as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment from 22 July 2002 to 17 June 2004 in the Cabinets Balkenende I and II. And State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science from 17 June 2004 until his resignation on 27 June 2006 in the Cabinet Balkenende II, when he was elected to succeed Jozias van Aartsen as the new VVD party leader.

At the Dutch general election of 2006 the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy under Rutte lost six seats and he became opposition leader, serving during the Cabinet Balkenende IV. After the fall of the Cabinet Balkenende IV, a snap election was called, and Rutte was once again the VVD's lijsttrekker (top party list candidate) for the Dutch general election of 2010. The VVD won the highest number of votes cast, resulting in their occupying 31 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives. After a long formation period, Rutte became prime minister and formed a cabinet. When he was sworn in...
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