'Great injustice:' Dutch government resigns over benefits scandal

The Dutch government has resigned following a scandal involving child benefits that did “great injustice” to thousands of parents, Prime Minister Mark Rutte says. The move comes just a few weeks before planned parliamentary elections in March. The scandal saw some 20,000 parents falsely portrayed as fraudsters over child benefit payments and plunged into great financial hardship. The rule of law in the country had failed across the board to “protect citizens against a powerful state,” Rutte says.

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