Stef Blok takes over as Minister of Security and Justice

Stef Blok (Photo: Commons). (Stef Blok (Photo: Commons))

Stef Blok will be Minister of Security and Justice until the elections on March 15th, the VVD confirmed on Friday morning Financieele Dagblad reports. Blok is taking over from fellow VVD member Ard van der Steur, who a on Thursday after being

Rumors that Blok will be taking over the Justice Ministry started soon after Van der Steur's resignation on Thursday, but the VVD refused to confirm it until Friday morning. Blok is also Minister of Housing. He will be responsible for both Ministries until the elections.

The Ministry of Security and Justice is not strange territory for Blok. He also there after minister Ivo Opstelten and state secretary Fred Teeven in 2015. Blok also in the summer of 2016 when Minister Ronald Plasterk was ill.

Ard van der Steur, Ivo Opstelten and Fred Teeven all resigned due to their role in a controversial H. in 2000. The deal involved H. getting back in his seized bank accounts, in exchange for paying a fine of 750 thousand guilders. There was confusion about the deal for years, as Opstelten always claimed that the drug trafficker only received