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Demissionary cabinet

A demissionary cabinet is a type of caretaker cabinet in the Netherlands.
A demissionary cabinet continues the current government after a cabinet has ended. This can either be after completion of the full term, between general elections when the new house of representatives is installed and the formation of a new cabinet, or after a cabinet crisis. In both cases the prime minister hands in the resignation of his cabinet to the Dutch Monarch. The Monarch will not accept full resignation until a new cabinet has been formed. Between the moment in which the prime minister hands in the resignation and the monarch installs a new cabinet, the cabinet is labelled demissionary. As a demissionary cabinet is considered a continuation of the previous cabinet, it is not counted as a new cabinet e.g. Balkenende IV did not become Balkenende V when becoming demissionary.
By constitutional convention, a demissionary cabinet has fewer powers than a conventional cabinet. The main aim of a demissionary cabinet is to organise elections and take care of ongoing business until the new cabinet comes into power. Thus, besides organising elections, it can only take care of urgent and pressing matters and not initiate controversial legislation. The States General decide which affairs are urgent and pressing, and which are deemed controversial. It is a custom which is not always followed that the opinion of minority parties is taken into account for these decisions.
A demissionary cabinet takes care of policy during elections and cabinet formation. This is relevant as the formation process can take, in comparative terms, a very long time. An example of a very long-lasting caretaker government was the cabinet Den Uyl between 22 March and 18 December 1977, during the formation of the cabinet Van Agt-I.
In the case of the fall of a cabinet, there are several ways in which a cabinet can be a caretaker cabinet.
An official minority cabinet not having demissionary status is formed after the breaking up of a cabinet. Such a minority caretaker cabinet has as primary task to organise elections. Yet it has much more authority in proposing new law and suggestion policy compared to a demissionary cabinet. The new cabinet is seen as a successor rather than the continuation of the fallen cabinet example Netherlands cabinet Balkenende-3 followed up on Netherlands cabinet Balkenende-2.
The complete cabinet stays on post until a new cabinet is formed e.g. all the ministers of Netherlands cabinet Kok-2 stayed on as a demissionary cabinet after the fall of the cabinet over Srebrenica.
Part of the cabinet stays on post until a new cabinet is formed example: only CDA and CU ministers of Netherlands cabinet Balkenende-4 stayed on as a demissionary cabinet after the resignation of the PvdA ministers over Uruzgan.

and the cabinet continued for five weeks as a demissionary cabinet until the ministries were redistributed and the Second Gerbrandy cabinet was installed
parliament. In the Netherlands a rump cabinet is not the same as a demissionary cabinet where the entire cabinet resigns and the full existing coalition
leave the cabinet without the cabinet becoming demissionary the other parties then continue to form a new cabinet which is called a rump cabinet often
demissionary cabinet until the First Gerbrandy cabinet was installed on 3 September 1940. Retained Retained this position from the previous cabinet
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and the cabinet continued for five weeks as a demissionary cabinet until the ministries were redistributed and the Second Gerbrandy cabinet was installed
Curaçao also is part of the cabinet of Curaçao, but resides in the Netherlands. A Curaçao cabinet becomes demissionary upon election day, or upon resignation
The Second Kok cabinet remained in place as a Demissionary cabinet until 22 July 2002, when it was replaced by the First Balkenende cabinet On 7 June 1999
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new elections were called for 22 January 2003. The cabinet remained in place as a demissionary cabinet without Bomhoff and Heinsbroek, until the elections