‘Far-right’ seen benefiting from resignation of two Dutch ministers

(Reuters) – The resignation of two Dutch ministers gives a further boost to the populist far-right Freedom Party of Geert Wilders ahead of March 18 provincial elections that threaten to destabilize the center-right government.

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and his deputy, State Secretary Fred Teeven, resigned on Monday after acknowledging they had misled parliament about the facts surrounding a settlement with a drug kingpin in 2001.

“Now the rest of the cabinet (should quit). The sooner, the better,” tweeted Wilders, known for his outspoken opposition to immigration, Islam and the euro.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been summoned to answer questions in parliament later on Tuesday over the scandal that led to the resignations…