Third Lubbers cabinet

The Third Lubbers cabinet, also called the Lubbers–Kok cabinet, was the executive branch of the Dutch Government from 7 November 1989 to 22 August 1994. The cabinet was formed the christian-democratic Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and the social-democratic Labour Party (PvdA) after the election of 1989. The cabinet was a centrist grand coalition and had a substantial majority in the House of Representatives with Christian-Democratic Leader Ruud Lubbers serving as Prime Minister. Labour Leader Wim Kok served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

Third Lubbers cabinet
Lubbers–Kok cabinet

61st Cabinet of the Netherlands
The installation of the Third Lubbers cabinet on 7 November 1989
Date formed7 November 1989 (1989-11-07)
Date dissolved22 August 1994 (1994-08-22)
4 years, 288 days in office
(Demissionary from 10 May 1994 (1994-05-10))
People and organisations
MonarchQueen Beatrix
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Deputy Prime MinisterWim Kok
No. of ministers14
Total no. of members19
Member partyChristian Democratic Appeal
Labour Party
Status in legislatureCentrist
Majority government
(Grand coalition)
Opposition partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Opposition leaderJoris Voorhoeve (1989–1990)
Frits Bolkestein (1990–1994)
Election(s)1989 election
Outgoing election1994 election
Legislature term(s)1989–1994
Incoming formation1989 formation
Outgoing formation1994 formation
PredecessorSecond Lubbers cabinet
SuccessorFirst Kok cabinet

The cabinet served during the final years of the turbulent 1980s and the early years of the economic boom of the 1990s. Domestically it focused on revitalizing the economy, reducing the deficit, and stimulating further deregulation and privatization. It had to deal with the El Al Flight 1862 Crash. Internationally the signing of the Maastricht Treaty took place but also it had to deal with several crises such as the beginning of the Bosnian War. The cabinet suffered several major internal conflicts including multiple resignations, but completed its entire term and was succeeded by the First Kok cabinet following the 1994 election.[1]