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Dutch PM Mark Rutte Appointed as NATO Secretary General

NATO has appointed Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as its new Secretary General. Rutte will assume his role on October 1, 2024, succeeding Jens Stoltenberg. He will navigate the alliance through the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict and potential changes in U.S. political dynamics.
NATO members have selected Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as the new Secretary General, succeeding Jens Stoltenberg.

This decision follows the withdrawal of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis from the race.

Rutte's appointment will be effective from October 1, 2024.

Key NATO members like the United States, Britain, France, and Germany supported Rutte, while Eastern European countries eventually backed him despite initial reluctance.

Rutte, known for his strong stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin and support for Ukraine, will face challenges in maintaining NATO unity amid the ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict and potential shifts in U.S. political dynamics.

Stoltenberg expressed confidence in Rutte's leadership, citing him as a transatlanticist and a consensus-builder.

The unification by consensus from all 32 alliance members underscores Rutte's acceptance and readiness for the role.
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