Dutch Prime Minister Rutte elected as new NATO Secretary General

On June 26, NATO allies officially elected Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as the new Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance. This was announced on the NATO website.

Mark Rutte will replace the current NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, after his term expires on October 1, 2024.

Given that Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced last week that he was withdrawing his candidacy for NATO Secretary General, Rutte’s appointment became a formality.

Mark Rutte commented on his appointment on the social network X. 

“The Alliance is and will remain the cornerstone of our collective security. Leading this organization is a responsibility that I do not take lightly,” he said.

He thanked all his allies for their confidence and added that he looked forward to taking up his duties.

In addition, Rutte expressed his admiration for the current head of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, who “has provided NATO with outstanding leadership over the past 10 years.”

“The next head of NATO will have to deal with the lingering effects of Russia’s war against Ukraine and the potential return of Donald Trump to the US presidency after the November elections,” the article said.

Mark Rutte’s political career

While studying at Leiden University, Mark Rutte participated in the activities of the youth wing of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, and immediately after graduation, he plunged into political activity, which he combined with teaching.

He became the new leader of the party in 2006. A year later, he was elected to the Dutch Parliament. In 2010, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands appointed Mark Rutte as the country’s prime minister.

He served as the Dutch Prime Minister for a record 14 years and led four different coalition governments. On July 7, 2023, his government resigned. Then Mark Rutte announced that he would not lead his party in the snap elections and that he was retiring from politics. 

Foreign Policy journalists wrote, citing sources in the White House, that when Mark Rutte arrived on a visit to the United States in January 2023, he said during a meeting with President Joe Biden: “You asked me twice to be NATO Secretary General, and I turned you down twice. If you ask me a third time, I will say yes.”

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