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VVD supports Aboutaleb

26 February 2007 - The Amsterdam VVD (Conservative Party) supports the new Secretary of State Ahmed Aboutaleb (Social Democrats), now that his loyalty is being questioned by Geert Wilders. Muslim youth respond laconically.

Right-wing populist MP Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party (PVV) has announced that he will propose a vote of no-confidence next Thursday against Ahmed Aboutaleb, until recently alderman in Amsterdam.

Wilders objects to Aboutaleb having a Moroccan passport in addition to his Dutch passport. The Amsterdam VVD supports Aboutaleb, even though it disagrees with him on ‘a large number of issues’.

“The PVV’s attempt to send Aboutaleb away before even one substantial debate has taken place, raises questions as to the real intentions of this party”, the VVD said.

An article in today’s NRC Handelsblad shows that Muslim youth are little impressed by Wilders’ remarks. “This is of course yet another cry for attention”, said Yassmine Elksaihi of the Amsterdam students’ association Khmisa. “At least, Wilders is very creative”.

According to Moroccan law, Aboutaleb cannot give up his Moroccan nationality. Last weekend, Wilders told NRC Handelsblad that he finds this irrelevant. “Then he should go live in Morocco and become a Secretary of State there”.


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