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Hennah Buyne to succeed Aboutaleb

11 March 2007 - Judge Hennah Buyne is the candidate to succeed former alderman Ahmed Aboutaleb, who recently became secretary of state, the PvdA just announced. Buyne’s activities include membership of the Van Thijn Commission investigating possible abuses within the PvdA in Zuidoost.

Party leader Manon van der Garde: “After a careful procedure, we have found an excellent candidate. With her broad experience and administrative know-how, and with a keen eye for the human perspective, she will strive for a strong and social Amsterdam”.

Buyne was born in Paramaribo, Surinam in 1952 and lives in Amsterdam. She is Justice at the Arnhem Court and number 37 on the PvdA list of candidates for the Senate. Next Wednesday, Buyne will be proposed as candidate to become alderman for Work and Income, Education, Youth, Diversity and Urban Policy.

In a 1997 interview in Trouw, she said that in ten, fifteen years, she would no longer accept journalists approaching her just for being a successful black woman. “This subject must then be something of the past and be the most normal thing in the world”.

Still, she observed at the time that the colour of her skin still does play a role in everyday life. “For example, I will never take a present that is too large to wrap, without the cashier tagging a clearly visible receipt to it. This to prevent people thinking I have stolen it”.

“For that is the way people often think. I once went to the Bijenkorf to return some socks. At the check out I was asked: ‘You have paid for them, have you not?’ Quite a contrast with my life as a judge, in which I am treated with respect”.

Photo: Bruno Frakking


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