Mark Rutte, Denmark outgoing PM, set to be next NATO chief



Mark Rutte is set to become the next head of NATO after Klaus Iohannis, the Romanian president, has withdrawn from the race to become the next Nato secretary-general, The Guardian reported on Thursday. The latest development came as Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, dropped his opposition to Rutte’s candidacy. Earlier on Tuesday, the outgoing Dutch prime minister gave written guarantees that he would not force the country to take part in the military alliance’s new plans to provide support to Ukraine.

Rutte’s assurances, contained in a letter to Prime Minister Orbán, remove a major obstacle to him becoming the next NATO secretary-general — the organization’s top civilian official.

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