Dutch news in brief, 9 March 2006

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Delfzijl claims another political scalp

Delfzijl claims another political scalp

Marian Scarft resigned on Thursday from her position as leader of the Delfzijl branch of the Labour Party (PvdA). Although the PvdA increased its number of seats to nine in the local elections and remains the largest party in Delfzijl, Labour's total number of votes was down. Politicians in Delfzijl has been beset by scandals and infighting for years. Scarft was one of the three aldermen on the municipality's executive (known as B & W in Dutch) involved the latest row: a falling out with Mayor Maritje Appel-de Waart (also Labour) about the council secretary. The mayor resigned on 14 February this year, continuing a long traditional of resignations by politicians in Delfzijl. In February 2003 the town scored a political first in the Netherlands when the entire executive council tendered its resignation and served in a caretaker capacity two days after the then mayor resigned in a corruption scandal.

More security cameras at Schiphol

Surveillance cameras are being used at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport to help prevent intruders gaining access to stationary planes. The airport is also placing more cameras over the coming years in the arrivals hall, goods buildings and other areas to improve security, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner said in a letter sent to parliament on Thursday.

Minister wants to make smoking more expensive

Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst wants to make smoking more expensive and to increase the minimum age to buy cigarettes from 16 to 18. He is also considering limiting the sale of tobacco at events such as pop festivals. His ideas are contained in the National Tobacco programme which was sent to parliament on Thursday.

Anne Frank's letters on display

Twenty letters written by Anne Frank when she was a child are to go on display at Amsterdam's Historical Museum from 12 April. The letters, never seen in public before, are part of the exhibition 'Anne Frank - her life in letters' announced by the museum on Thursday.  The German-born Jewish girl is famous for the diary she kept while in hiding with her family and four friends in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. They were betrayed and sent to concentration camps. Her father, Otto, was the sole survivor of the group and he published the diary after the war.

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