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Mr. Th. de Meester (union-liberal) was prime minister of the netherlands from 1905-1908.

His cabinet started on August 17, 1905. It consisted of 5 liberal, 2 democratic, and 2 party-less ministers. It had no majority in either of the two dutch chambers, and earned the nickname: 'porcelain cabinet'.

Formateur mr. H. Goeman Borgesius took 32 days to form the cabinet.

A law on labor contract was realized. His suggestions to reduce the cost of defence got no support.

In December 1907 the defence budget for 1908 was rejected by the 2nd chamber, after which the cabinet resigned. It remained as a demissionair till February 12, 1908.

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