The former Dutch Minister of Housing and Integration, Ella Vogelaar, passed away at the age of 69.
Vogelaar, who was deputy leader of the FNV union federation before becoming a minister, suffered from depression before ending his life, reports partner Onno Bosma.
The late Vogelaar was appointed Minister of Labor in 2007 and tackled the problems of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of the country. But after several difficult episodes of her ministerial career and public disagreements with union leaders, she lost the confidence of the coalition and withdrew.
In recent years, she continued to support future cooperation projects between the PvdA, GroenLinks and the Socialist Party.
The leader of the party, Lodewijk Asscher, described her as “a strong woman, committed and with a big heart”.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte described his death as tragic. “She was a true social democrat with strong principles,” he said on Twitter.