As news breaks of decade-long, racially-motivated tax fraud scandal, entire Dutch cabinet resigns

On January 15, 2021, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte offered the cabinet’s resignation to the Dutch king. Rutte and all other ministers officially stepped down due to a major tax office scandal involving nearly ten years of false accusations of child welfare fraud against around 10,000 Dutch families, many of whom were targeted based on their ethnicity or dual nationalities.

The entire cabinet will continue on as a "caretaker" cabinet to handle the COVID-19 crisis until parliamentary elections on March 17, 2021, except for the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate, Eric Wiebes, who oversaw the tax office at the time. Until the elections, the caretaker government will focus its efforts on the COVID-19 pandemic and is only permitted to decide on other topics that are deemed not controversial by the parliament.

News article – BBC

News article – NOS (in Dutch)