Mona Keijzer was fired as Secretary of State for Economic Affairs in the Dutch government on Saturday after criticizing the admission pass to the crown, which took effect that same day.
In an interview with the Dutch newspaper The Telegraph Printed on Saturday morning, Keijzer expressed dissatisfaction with the pass. She said it was “clear to me that it becomes increasingly difficult to explain why you have to show proof of vaccination in one place but not the other,” adding: “Which makes me think: are we just going to stick to this? of course, or are we going to organize ourselves properly? “
As of Saturday, proof of vaccination or a negative test is mandatory when entering public places in the Netherlands, as most social distancing measures have been lifted. The policy was approved by a narrow margin in parliament, but clearly the government itself was not in complete agreement.
In a statement, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that, with the agreement of his team’s top officials, he decided that Keijzer should be removed “with immediate effect.”
Members of the Dutch cabinet are constitutionally required to speak with one voice and express their concerns only within the ministerial council. According to Rutte’s statement, Keijzer’s comments were in “direct conflict with recent decisions made in the council.”
His dismissal comes on the heels of the resignation of two other cabinet members, as Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag and Defense Minister Ank Bijleveldt resigned last week over handling the Dutch embassy evacuation. in Kabul.