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Elatik to run Zeeburg District

7 January 2009 – The Zeeburg PvdA has nominated Fatima Elatik as candidate to succeed Nico Papineau Salm as district mayor. Papineau Salm is stepping down for health reasons. Since the PvdA is by far the largest party in Zeeburg, it is likely that Elatik will obtain the position.

In the 2006 election, Elatik obtained 2495 votes, one and a half times as many as Papineau Salm, who headed the PvdA list. She was not the only candidate with a Moroccan background to get more votes than the number one candidate: on the PvdA list for the city council, Ahmed Aboutaleb outperformed Lodewijk Asscher. Aboutaleb has been installed as Mayor of Rotterdam last Monday.

Yet another PvdA politician with a Moroccan background, Ahmed Marcouch, became district mayor of Slotervaart after the 2006 election.

Papineau Salm, who has been hit by a heavy flu and suffers from severe fatigue symptoms, will stay on as district alderman. On 20 January, the district council will decide on the new district mayor.

Photo: Zeeburg District

UPDATE 9 January – In an interview in het Parool, Elatik says that it is ‘grotesque’ that media are connecting her nomination with that of Aboutaleb. “[..] I don’t want to be portrayed as a Moroccan. Mind you, among the PvdA members in the city council and now among the Zeeburg administration, I’m the only one who was born and raised in Amsterdam”.


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