Crime reporter to contest next election
29 April 2005 , AMSTERDAM — Crime reporter Peter R. de Vries has established his own political party to contest the national election in 2007.
29 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — Crime reporter Peter R. de Vries has established his own political party to contest the national election in 2007.
The party is called Partij voor Rechtvaardigheid, Daadkracht en Vooruitgang (PRDV) or the Justice, Decisiveness and Progress Party.
The journalist is co-operating with former police spokesman Klaas Wilting and Jan Nagel, the founder of political party Leefbaar Hilversum or Livable Hilversum.
De Vries registered the PRDV with the Chamber of Commerce and the Electoral Council last week.
"Nothing is definite, but an important step was taken," De Vries said. "If the Cabinet collapses tomorrow, you must be ready."
De Vries is hoping to win at least 12 to 15 seats in the Lower House of Parliament, rejecting a role on the sidelines and participation in municipal council elections.
"We are a party that wants to change things nationally. We are concentrating on that."
Nagel said each of three founders will have a separate role in the party. He said a Maurice de Hond survey has indicated De Vries could win double-figure seats in parliament as a leader of a political party.
Nagel said he adds political experience to the PRDV due to his successful role in Hilversum elections and said Wilting can place important items on the political agenda.
The party will make an announcement at a later date about its election policies.
However, it was reported by newspaper 'De Telegraaf' on Friday that the PRDV plans to implement a social services work obligation to ensure that youths build up work experience and learn to contribute to society.
The party is also devising a plan to drastically reduce traffic jams.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news