In this file photo Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives to attend the European Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, on November 17, 2017. / AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRAND
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The Netherlands demanded on Friday the resignation of the prime minister of the Dutch part of Saint Martin in a brewing spat with the Caribbean island over aid in the wake of a devastating hurricane.The Dutch cabinet as well as ministers from Aruba, Curacao and St Martin -- who sit on a combined council called the Rijksministerraad which oversees the kingdom of the Netherlands -- asked that prime minister William Marlin be axed and replaced, Dutch Premier Mark Rutte said.Marlin has twice faced votes of no-confidence in St Martin's parliament this month after he refused to accept conditions set by The Hague for releasing some 550 million euros ($653 million) in aid to the island, hit hard by Hurricane Irma more than two months ago.
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