Anti-immigration Fortuyn registers new party
15 February 2002 , AMSTERDAM — Recently sacked Leefbaar Nederland leader Pim Fortuyn confirmed on Thursday he would stand as an independent candidate at the May national elections.
15 February 2002
AMSTERDAM — Recently sacked Leefbaar Nederland leader Pim Fortuyn confirmed on Thursday he would stand as an independent candidate at the May national elections.
Fortuyn had registered a new political party name with the Chamber of Commerce in Rotterdam. The name of the new party is Lijst Pim Fortuyn (Pim Fortuyn List or LPF).
The former LN leader — who was sacked after saying no more asylum seekers or Islamic immigrants should be allowed to enter the country — has until Monday to register his participation in the national ballot with the Electoral Council.
Two other people were registered with Fortuyn as members of the party management, namely Peter Langendam and Albert de Booij. De Booij had said both of them "were good friends of Pim".
"We have no plans to go into Parliament. We only want to help him on the way," De Booij said.
The openly gay Fortuyn has also been previously quoted as saying that the anti-discrimination law in the Dutch Constitution should be abolished.
Subject: Dutch news