Mark Rutte to Become NATO Secretary General

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.20 - 2024 2:48 PM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has stepped down from the race for NATO's top position.

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Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has officially withdrawn his candidacy for the position of NATO Secretary General.

President Iohannis informed his NATO allies of his decision to withdraw his candidacy at the end of last week.

During a meeting of the Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT), he requested council members to share their opinions on Mark Rutte's candidacy for the post.

The council members expressed their support for the Dutch Prime Minister.

Iohannis, 65, announced his intention to run for NATO's top job in March, emphasizing that he represents NATO's eastern flank. However, for a long time, only Hungary openly supported him.

Recently, Budapest withdrew its objection to Rutte's appointment, clearing the way for Rutte's candidacy.

The current NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, commented on the prospects of appointing a successor, stating publicly for the first time that Rutte has the best chance of securing the position.

This endorsement further solidifies Rutte's path to becoming the new Secretary General of NATO.