The Prime Minister also paid tribute to her in a statement. “In addition to the great sadness and all the fond memories, my family and I also have a feeling of gratitude for the fact that we have been allowed to have her with us for so long,” he wrote. “Now we have said goodbye to her in a family circle and we hope to face this great loss in peace in the near future.”
Rutte’s announcement comes after other political figures have addressed questions about their behavior en masse.
Rutte’s spokesman told CNN on Tuesday that the Dutch Prime Minister “has respected all coronavirus restriction measures and has not visited his mother for more than eight weeks.”
“However, the restraining measures leave room to greet a dying family member during the last phase. The Prime Minister stayed with his mother on his last night.”
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