Second Beel cabinet
The Second Beel cabinet was the executive branch of the Dutch Government from 22 December 1958 until 19 May 1959. The cabinet was formed by the christian-democratic Catholic People's Party (KVP), Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) and the Christian Historical Union (CHU) after the fall of the previous Third Drees cabinet. The caretaker cabinet was a centre-right coalition and had a slim majority in the House of Representatives with former Catholic Prime Minister Louis Beel returning as Prime Minister and dual served as Minister of Social Affairs and Health. Prominent Catholic politician Teun Struycken continued as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Property and Public Organisations from previous cabinet and dual served as Minister of Justice.
|Second Beel cabinet|
47th Cabinet of the Netherlands
|Date formed||22 December 1958|
|Date dissolved||19 May 1959 |
148 days in office
(Demissionary from 12 March 1959 )
|People and organisations|
|Prime Minister||Louis Beel|
|Deputy Prime Minister||Teun Struycken|
|No. of ministers||10|
|Member party||Catholic People's Party |
Christian Historical Union
|Status in legislature||Centre-right |
|Opposition party||Labour Party|
|Opposition leader||Jaap Burger|
|Outgoing election||1959 election|
|Incoming formation||1958 formation|
|Outgoing formation||1959 formation|
|Predecessor||Third Drees cabinet|
|Successor||De Quay cabinet|
The cabinet served during final years of the turbulent 1950s. Domestically its primary objective was to make preparations for a snap election in 1959. Following the election the cabinet continued in a demissionary capacity until it was replaced by the De Quay cabinet.
On 11 December 1958 the Third Drees cabinet fell after a crises between the Labour Party and the Catholic People's Party over the prolonging for a proposed tax increase from the initial two years to only one fiscal year. Following the fall of the cabinet the Labour Party left the coalition and the Catholic People's Party, Anti-Revolutionary Party and Christian Historical Union formed a rump cabinet. Former Prime Minister Louis Beel was appointed as Prime Minister on 22 December 1958.
- Retained from the previous cabinet
- Continued in the next cabinet
- "Coalities tussen sociaaldemocraten en confessionelen" (in Dutch). Historisch Nieuwsblad. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
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