November 21, 2019

Mayor of The Hague Pauline Krikke resigns, acting Mayor Johan Remkes

By Anton Lutter.

A critical report, concerning the firebrands in Scheveningen during the New Year’s Eve celebration of 2018-2019 published by the Dutch Safety Board, led to the resignation of Mrs. Pauline Krikke as mayor of The Hague.

She announced her stepping down “as of immediately” in a clip on her Instagram account Sunday the 6th.  Telling the public “With heart and soul, I have been mayor of The Hague” being a mayor since 2001. Previously Pauline Krikke was mayor of Arnhem (2001-2013) and managing-director of the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

Den Haag, 4 september 2018 Pauline Krikke, burgemeester. Foto Martijn Beekman & Valerie Kuypers

The Kings Commissioner Mr. Jaap Smit has appointed political heavyweight Johan Remkes as the acting mayor, he was sworn in this Friday the 11th.

Mr. Remkes, born in 1951, is a member – as Krikke is – of the VVD liberal party. Amongst his many political functions he was a member of the Tweede Kamer, from 2002 until 2007 he was Minister of Interior Affairs, which included as well Deputy-Prime-Minister 2002-2003.

After again reentering the Tweede Kamer he was appointed in 2010 the Queens Commissioner of Noord-Holland Province which position held until 2019. 

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