AMSTERDAM (Reuters/AFP) - Dutch troops are likely to leave Afghanistan in August year as planned, outgoing Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Sunday, as early polls showed his rivals benefiting from the governments collapse over the mission. Balkenendes fourth cabinet in the last eight years fell apart on Saturday morning after the Labour Party pulled out of government, insisting it could not support a Nato request to extend the Dutch mission past this year. If nothing else comes in its place, then everything will come to an end, Balkenende told Dutch current affairs television programme Buitenhof when asked on the future of the countrys troops in Afghanistans southern Uruzgan province. It is for parliament to say what it thinks on the subject, he said, recalling that parliament was opposed to prolonging the Dutch military presence in Afghanistan. The 2,000-strong Dutch contingent is due to start leaving the Afghan province Uruzgan in August and Balkenende bemoaned the impact of the pullout on the Dutch standing internationally. The image of the Netherlands is far from flourishing abroad. They do not understand what we are doing, he said. The moment the Netherlands says as sole and first country we will no longer have activities at the end of 2010, it will raise questions in other countries and this really pains me. However, the first poll to come out following the cabinets fall indicated the public supported Labours move to end both the mission and the current government. The Maurice de Hond poll showed Labour gaining four seats in the next parliament to 19 compared with a week ago. Balkenendes Christian Democrats (CDA) lost one seat, to 26. However, the CDA still leads the poll, with Labour a firm fifth. Balkenendes personal support, however, is much less than that of his party. The poll showed only 16 per cent support for Balkenende as the next prime minister. More clarity on the next government is expected this week when the leaders of the fallen cabinet and other top officials meet Queen Beatrix today (Monday) to discuss next steps. Balkenende said there was a constitutional possibility that elections will not be held until the originally scheduled May 2011 date, but added that this was a matter for the Queens advisers and the political leaders in parliament. We will get elections, a new government will come and then it will be a question of making the Netherlands stronger and lets put our energy into that, Balkenende said. Labour leader Wouter Bos, also the incumbent finance minister, is already making the budget and not Afghanistan the main issue for those elections. I think this will be the big theme in the next few months, Bos said in an interview on the Dutch TV current affairs programme Nova on Saturday night.