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Thursday 24 October 2019

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The Hague’s administration collapses amid corruption probe

The Hague’s city hall. Photo: Ellywa via Wikimedia Commons

The Hague’s city administration has collapsed after three of the four coalition parties withdrew their support following the corruption scandal encompassing the biggest party on the council.

The VVD, D66 and GroenLinks have said they have no confidence in the biggest party Hart voor Den Haag/Groep de Mos which won eight seats at the last local election.

The party’s two aldermen Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui and a local councilor are all being investigated for possible bribery and corruption in connection with late night licences.

The two aldermen, whose offices were searched by police on Tuesday, have both stood down while the investigation continues. They have denied all involvement in corruption.

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