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PvdA Zuidoost expells three council members

4 July 2007 - Last night, the PvdA Zuidoost expelled three district council members, thus giving up its absolute majority in the council. It looks like the expelled party members will continue as independent district council members.

André Bhola, Egbert Doest and Mala Eckardt-Angna have been expelled from the PvdA group in the district council because they have been involved in conflicts of interest according to an Accounting Office investigation.

Initially, party leader Lourens Burgers (photo) said the three council members were suspended. A ‘renowned’ research institute was to replicate the Accounting Office investigation and report by the end of August. A final decision on the three party members was to be postponed until that moment.

After an adjournment at the request of the PvdA, Burgers said that the three party members had not been suspended but expelled. Opposition weblogs claim that PvdA alderman Harry Verzijl had threatened to resign unless the three were expelled.

In an initial statement, Bhola said he would temporarily suspend his chairmanship of the district council. He insisted that he would like to resume his function as soon as he has cleared his name.


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