Mark Rutte

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Mark Rutte
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Incumbent
Assumed office
14 October 2010
Monarch Beatrix
Willem-Alexander
Deputy Lodewijk Asscher
Preceded by Jan Peter Balkenende
Leader of the People's Party for
Freedom and Demcoracy
Incumbent
Assumed office
31 May 2006
Preceded by Jozias van Aartsen
State Secretary for Education,
Culture and Science
In office
17 June 2004 – 27 June 2006
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Annette Nijs
Succeeded by Bruno Bruins
State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment
In office
22 July 2002 – 17 June 2004
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Hans Hoogervorst
Succeeded by Henk van Hoof
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
20 September 2012 – 5 November 2012
In office
28 June 2006 – 14 October 2010
In office
30 January 2003 – 27 May 2003
Personal details
Born 14 February 1967 (1967-02-14) (age 47)
The Hague, Netherlands
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
Alma mater Leiden University
International Institute for Management Development
Religion Reformed Protestant
Signature
Website Government website

Mark Rutte (born 14 February 1967) is a Dutch politician. He has been Prime Minister of The Netherlands since 14 October 2010. He is the leader of the liberal party VVD.[1][2]

In 2010, Rutte won the elections with his party. He did not gain a majority in parliament, he won 31 out of 150 seats. Before he could form his government, there were four weeks of negotiations with the Christian-democratic CDA and the right-wing PVV of Geert Wilders. Wilders is not in the government, but he will support the government on several issues. These issues were discussed in those four weeks. When he was sworn in on 14 October 2010, he became the first liberal Prime Minister in the Netherlands in 92 years.[3]

Rutte is also a teacher at a school in The Hague.

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