Cabinet rejects ban on radical parties
15 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Cabinet has rejected banning political parties with radical policies or ideologies, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Friday.
15 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Cabinet has rejected banning political parties with radical policies or ideologies, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Friday.
The Christian Democrat CDA leader said radical parties are held back purely by the workings of democracy.
The CDA urged earlier this week for legislation granting the possibility to ban political parties, but the Parliament rejected the proposal.
The discussion was sparked after CDA Justice Minister Piet-Hein Donner said sharia (Islamic law) would be introduced in the Netherlands if two-thirds of the population was in favour of it.
In response, the cabinet said it regretted the wrong message that the statement expressed. Minister Donner also apologised for the statement.
"The cabinet does not want sharia. In our democracy, with our values, there is no place for sharia," Balkenende said, refusing as CDA leader to comment on his party's proposal.
But at the request of the Parliament, the cabinet will now investigate how resistant democracy is to groups that are opposed to the rule of law.
It will also examine the situation in Germany, where undesired (extreme-right) groups can be banned. The German legislation stems from the nation's controversial history.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news