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Dutch polls, first in years without PM Rutte at VVD helm, set for…

AMSTERDAM, July 14 (Reuters) – The Netherlands will go to the polls on Nov.22, caretaker Interior Minister Hanke Bruins Slot said on Friday, the first election since 2006 in which outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte won’t be leading his conservative VVD party.

Rutte announced his

imminent departure

from politics on Monday, iconwin three days after he had handed in the


of his fourth coalition government.

Other major parties will also have new leaders, as Finance Minister

Sigrid Kaag

and Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra have also said they won’t run in the elections.

Rutte’s four-party coalition will stay on as caretaker government until a new administration is formed after the election. (Reporting by Charlotte Van Campenhout and Bart Meijer; Editing by Alison Williams, Devika Syamnath nd Nick Macfie)

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