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Outgoing Dutch PM Mark Rutte wins race to head NATO: The Guardian

21.06.2024 09:30
The outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has won the race to become the next head of NATO, Britain's The Guardian newspaper has reported.
Premier Holandii Mark Rutte w rozmowie z dziennikarzami w Brukseli
Premier Holandii Mark Rutte w rozmowie z dziennikarzami w BrukseliPAP/Radek Pietruszka

The Dutch politician is expected to be confirmed formally as NATO’s new secretary-general in the coming days, according to The Guardian.

The final hurdle to his appointment fell on Thursday when Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced he was withdrawing from the race, The Guardian reported.

Rutte will take over when the incumbent NATO chief, Jens Stoltenberg, steps down on October 1 after nearly a decade in charge, the British newspaper said.

Rutte, 57, is a strong supporter of Ukraine and takes the reins of the Western military alliance after nearly 14 years as Dutch prime minister and 18 as leader of his liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, The Guardian reported.


Source: The Guardian