Dutch Justice Minister resigns shortly before elections

Ard van der Steur has resigned as the Dutch Justice Minister following a scandal that caused the resignation of his predecessor as well.

Dutch prosecutors in 2001 payed a drug cartel $2 million euros as part of a prosecution deal, sparking criticism from the opposition.

Earlier this month it was revealed that van der Steur had attempted to conceal information concerning the scandal from parliament, and upon questioning by opposition members, failed to produce satisfactory answers.

This comes as Prime Minister Mark Rutte faces a tough election in the upcoming year, with the anti-immigrant, anti-European Freedom Party leading in the polls.

Van der Steur resigned shortly before opposition members were to table a motion of no confidence against him.

He has since been replaced by Stef Blok.

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