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Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte
Personal data
Date of birth14 February 1967(age 50)
Place of birthThe Hague, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for Freedom and Democracy
ResidenceThe Hague, Netherlands
Alma materLeiden University (MA in History)
OccupationPolitician
Civil servant
Teacher
ReligionReformed Protestantism
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Assumed office14 October 2010
MonarchBeatrix
DeputyMaxime Verhagen
Preceded byJan Peter Balkenende
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives
In office29 June 2006 - 14 October 2010
Succeeded byStef Blok
Preceded byJozias van Aartsen
Member of the House of Representatives
In office28 June 2006 - 14 October 2010
State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science
In office17 June 2004 - 27 June 2006
Prime ministerJan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded byBruno Bruins
Preceded byAnnette Nijs
State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment
In office22 July 2002 - 17 June 2004
Prime ministerJan Peter Balkenende
Succeeded byHenk van Hoof
Preceded byHans Hoogervorst

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Mark Rutte (-nlˈmɑrk ˈrʏtə; born 14 February 1967) is a Dutch politician who has been Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 14 October 2010, as well as Minister of General Affairs in the Rutte cabinet. He is the leader of the Liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).

Mark Rutte previously served as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment from 22 July 2002 to 17 June 2004 in the Cabinets Balkenende I and II. Subsequently he was State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science from 17 June 2004 until his resignation on 27 June 2006, when he was elected to succeed Jozias van Aartsen as the new VVD party leader.

At the 2006 general election the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy under Rutte lost six seats and he became opposition leader, serving during the Cabinet Balkenende IV. After the fall of the Cabinet Balkenende IV, a snap election was called, and Rutte was once again the VVD's lijsttrekker (top party list candidate) for the 2010 general election. The VVD won the highest number of votes cast, resulting in their occupying 31 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives. After a long formation period, Rutte became prime minister and formed a cabinet. When he was sworn in on 14 October 2010, he became the first liberal Prime Minister in the Netherlands in 92 years.


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