The Hague reacts with disappointment to the departure of VVD party leader Klaas Dijkhoff from politics. Dijkhoff announced in an interview with NRC last night that he did not want to continue in the House after the parliamentary elections.
He doesn’t intend to become secretary of state or minister, but he doesn’t rule it out either. What he wants to do is not yet known.
Prime Minister Rutte thinks it is “a great pity”, he wrote on Twitter. “Klaas is someone I could count on every day for the past ten years”, he writes. “An original person and a razor-sharp politician. He says it right and is honest. Thank you, Klaas!”
Dijkhoff hopes that Rutte will again be the party leader for the VVD in the elections in March, but Rutte is not yet saying that.
D66 party chairman Jetten also finds it a shame that Dijkhoff will not return to the House of Representatives after the elections. “Smart politician and just a nice guy to work with,” Jetten tweeted. He also refers to the nickname ‘climate dreamer’ that Dijkhoff gave him.
“Many political careers end in tears, but this is a strong decision to call it a day yourself”, writes Christian Union party leader Gert-Jan Segers.