Dutch ex-PM Dries van Agt and his wife die ‘hand in hand’ by euthanasia at 93 | World News

Feb 9, 2024



The Hague: Dries Van AgtThe Christian Democrat Prime Minister of Netherlands From 1977 to 1982, has died Euthanasia“Hand in hand” with his wife, according to human rights organization he founded. Both of them were 93 years old.
The news was made public on Friday by The Rights Forum, which said the couple died on Monday and would be buried in a private ceremony in the eastern city of Nijmegen. The support and anchor with whom he was by his side for more than 70 years and whom he always referred to as 'my girl', the non-profit organization said in a statement.
The health of both of them was critical for some time. In 2019, Van Agt suffered a brain hemorrhage while giving a speech at a commemoration event for Palestinians and never fully recovered.
A Christian Democrat from traditional Dutch stock, Van Agt became increasingly progressive after leaving politics, eventually leaving his party in 2017 over ideological differences with the centre-right Christian Democratic approach to Israel and the Palestinians.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who referred to Van Agt as his “great-grandfather in office”, greatly praised the former politician. Rutte said, “With his flowery and unique language, his clear convictions and his impressive presentation, Dries van Agt gave color and substance to Dutch politics at a time of polarization and party renewal.”
Van Agt was known for his archaic references and grandiose language, as well as his passion for cycling. He was forced to give up this hobby after a fall in 2019.



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