Council nominates Van Aartsen as mayor of The Hague

25th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

The municipal council in The Hague will nominate Jozias van Aartsen to be the next mayor of the city.

25 January 2008

THE HAGUE – The municipal council in The Hague will nominate Jozias van Aartsen to be the next mayor of the city, the Volkskrant reports. After a three-hour meeting the council decided to officially nominate the Liberal VVD politician to the cabinet as successor to Wim Deetman (Christian democrat CDA).

Van Aartsen's name has come up repeatedly, especially when it became clear that the CDA could not put forward a suitable candidate. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Elco Brinkman and Piet Hein Donner were all bandied about, but there were doubts that any of these would seriously consider the job.

The Hague therefore decided on Van Aartsen. CDA, the largest governing party, now no longer holds the mayor's seat in any of the four large cities.

In 60-year-old Van Aartsen however The Hague has found the perfect candidate, a politician through and through with international contacts. The former minister of foreign affairs fits the profile exactly for the city that distinguishes itself as the seat of "justice, peace and security," home to countless international organisations.

The committee that nominated Van Aartsen said he stood out among the other candidates as the right man for the job. He is expected to take office on 1 March.

[Copyright Expatica News 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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