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In the Netherlands a rump cabinet is not the same as a demissionary cabinet where the entire cabinet resigns and the full existing coalition runs the country until a new cabinet takes power after elections have been held.
With a demissionary cabinet parliament decides which issues are controversial, which bars the cabinet from drafting legislation concerning them.
A rump cabinet can take care of such issues but it does not have a majority in parliament and thus needs approval by opposition parties, which make it likely that the rump parliament will take great care dealing with controversial issues.
Generally the rump cabinet will only take care of going government concerns (as a caretaker cabinet) as well as preparing for elections.
Rump cabinets in the Netherlands
- Cabinet Beel II 1958-1959
- Cabinet Zijlstra 1966-1967
- Cabinet Biesheuvel II 1972-1973
- (DS'70 leaves the cabinet)
- Cabinet Van Agt III 1982
- (PvdA leaves the cabinet)
- Cabinet Balkenende III 2006
- (D66 leaves the cabinet)
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