Flemish Care Minister Wouter Beke resigns after childcare abuse

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The Flemish Minister of Health has resigned. Christian Democrat Wouter Beke drew his conclusions again from the deadly childcare abuse, after which criticism no longer subsided and his party continued to lose voters.

Beke was already under fire for his performance in the corona crisis, but came very close after the death of a baby in a nursery in February. The drama, which led to a criminal investigation and a parliamentary inquiry into childcare malpractice, affected Beke “more than I cared to admit to the outside world.” As with a series of other incidents, oversight appears to have been inadequate.

The former CD&V leader also points to a damning poll for his party last week. He also made a “deep impression”. “To breathe new life into the party”, Beke, an important face of the CD&V within the Flemish government, decided to leave the field.

He also addressed the press during the unexpected press conference: “Dear journalists, politicians are just people. If they don’t fulfill them, don’t worry about society becoming polarized.”

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