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Elect the Amsterdammer of 2005

2 January 2006 – Het Parool newspaper has put together a list of ten candidates from which the public can elect the Amsterdammer of the year. Mayor Job Cohen and alderman Ahmed Aboutaleb were excluded from the list.

One of the candidates is Rahma el Mouden, the founder of the Amsterdam Multicultural Cleaning Company (MAS). She pays language courses and other courses for her employees. In 2005, she received an award for the company with the employees who have the best learning achievements.

El Mouden: “We offer employees all chances to grow. These are people with few opportunities, who do straining work. Eventually they end up being unemployed or with a disability benefit. Then they become a burden on society, so employers must take their responsiblity”.

Another candidate is Ahmed Marcouch, the former chairman of an Amsterdam mosque organisation, who became a public figure after the murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh. He is angry about discrimination of Moroccan youth, but he also says that these youth must not complain. “Do you have to prove yourself three times in order to get a job as a Moroccan? So be it”.

By now Marcouch has changed the mosque for politics. He will be heading the social-democrat list in the elections for the Slotervaart district council in March, and may end up as chairman of the district administration. His example is Polish trade unionist Lech Walesa: “A simple worker who achieved great things”.

The Amsterdam public has submitted candidates, from which a jury made a selection. Mayor Job Cohen was dropped, because he is already receiving sufficient praise both from the Netherlands and abroad (Time magazine elected him one of Europe’s heroes of 2005). Alderman Ahmed Aboutaleb received the title last year.

Diversity was probably also a criterium. Almost half the candidates are ethnic minorities. Candidates further include an entrepeneur, a sportsman, several people from the cultural sector, some young people and four women.

Votes must be cast next Friday at the latest. It is obligatory to vote for two candidates, in order to offset the effects of agressive voter mobilisation. Het Parool: “You will thus be forced to form an opinion on your favorite's competitors as well, for which we thank you in advance”.

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